While the deal has not been signed, barring any last minute stumbling block, Vinatieri will replace Mike Vanderjagt as the Colts kicker.
The Patriots placed the franchise tag on Vinatieri in 2005 when a deal could not be reached. The tag required the team to pay Vinatieri $2.5 million in salary. While he has said that he wouldn't mind being tagged again, the cost to the Patriots would have been over $3 million. New England opted not to tag him, and to negotiate before and during free agency.
Disturbed that no deal had been made, Vinatieri visited with the Green Bay Packers last week and was believed to be a possible target for the Dallas Cowboys. Although he hadn't been offered a contract from either team, it was believed both continued to be interested in signing the Patriots kicker.
Vinatieri, 33, has kicked 263 field goals, 367 extra points and thrown for one touchdown.
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