At 43 years old, one would be thinking of slowing it down and focusing on spending more time with the family. But this is not the case with NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri.
The NFL’s oldest player has just signed a two-year extension with the Indianapolis Colts amounting to $6 million/year. The deal includes a guaranteed $1 million.
None seems to be happier with the extension than Colts General Manger Ryan Grigson himself. In a statement announcing the extension, Grigson said that he is thrilled to keep Adam as a member of the Colts family.
“Adam continues to play at the highest level year in and year out. His hard work, consistency, and professionalism are a credit to him as the longest tenured player in the league,” Grigson said.
Last season, Vinatieri only missed two kicks for Indianapolis and that was during the season opener. That was the only time he missed before making his last 25 attempts. In the last two seasons, he was 55-of-58 on field goals, 7-of-8 on kicks from less than 50 yards, and 82-of-85 on extra points. Since 2011, he went 17-of-24 attempts from at least 50 yards.
Vinatieri said that he was happy with the deal and wanted to keep playing and wanted to stay in Indianapolis. The team was also committed to re-signing him. While others showed an interest in signing him and giving him a larger contract, Vinatieri wanted to stay with the team.
“I’m jacked and ecstatic to end my career here. I’m very, very blessed to be able to call Indy my home,” Vinatieri said.
Adam Vinatieri leads active players and third in the all-time list for points scored with 2,253 points. He also ranks third in field goals made with 503. He would need to play three seasons to threaten the all-time record of Morten Andersen.
The 43-year old kicker has appeared in 306 regular season games, sixth most all-time. He is also a record holder for most postseason games with 30 and most points with 234. He has a total of five Super Bowl appearances winning three with the Patriots and one with the Colts.