The NFL’s oldest player got his wish.
Adam Vinatieri, 43 years old and confident he could keep kicking for a 21st NFL season, had hoped to stay with the Indianapolis Colts.
After some intense negotiations, both sides agreed on a reported two-year, $6-million contract Tuesday which includes an additional $1 million in incentives. The future Hall of Famer, known as “Mr. Clutch” for kicking two game-winning field goals in Super Bowls, is staying put.
“I am very excited to be able to be back here again,” Vinatieri said in a statement released by the team. “Signing this contract is a dream come true for me.
“For myself and my family, we really wanted to stick around here and continue playing for the Horseshoe and hopefully finish my career here. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be here and I’m very excited to be able to continue my career here.”
Vinatieri said as the 2015 season was ending that he expected to continue his career and suggested for more than another year. He made 25-of-27 field goals (92.6 percent) last season. The year before, he had the best statistical season of his career with 30 field goals in 31 attempts (96.8 percent).
The Colts’ all-time leading scorer (1,095) and four-time Super Bowl winner will begin his 11th season in Indianapolis. He’s the only player to ever play at least 10 seasons and amass 1,000 points for two teams, the other the New England Patriots.
He’s been in 306 regular-season games, which ranks sixth in league history. He owns postseason records with 30 games and 234 points.
His 2,253 career points trail just Morten Anderson (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,253).
In recent years, Vinatieri predicted he would still be able to kick 50-yard field goals well into his 40s. Since 2011, he’s made 17-of-24 attempts from at least 50 yards. His 44th birthday is in December.
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