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INDIANAPOLIS – We are less than two months away from NFL free agency beginning.
Over the next few weeks, you will start to see some teams take care of unrestricted free agents that they want to bring back.
For the Colts, they have 12 unrestricted free agents, with not a lot of guarantees on who to definitely bring back.
Adam Vinatieri Free Agent Watch
Unlike the retirement/playing dilemma with Anthony Castonzo, there’s another layer to the Adam Vinatieri situation.
Even if Vinatieri wants to play an incredible 25th NFL season, there’s a serious debate whether the Colts should/would want him back.
We have seen physical signs of father time catching up to Vinatieri.
A knee injury to Vinny’s plant leg last year contributed to the worst season of Vinny’s career, and nowhere close to the level that the Colts expect from one of the higher paid kickers in the league. It led to him eventually going on injured reserve, and needing surgery.
Vinny was 22-of-28 on extra points (78.6 percent) and 17-of-25 on field goals (68 percent) last year.
At the age of 47, Vinny’s kicks (even his makes) just didn’t look like an NFL-caliber leg.
Was that all injury related?
Once Vinatieri’s season finally ended after November, the Colts found a consistent and young replacement in Chase McLaughlin.
The 23-year-old rookie was 7-of-8 on field goals (87.5 percent) and 8-of-8 on extra points (100 percent).
With the Colts signing McLaughlin through 2020, is it time to move on from Vinatieri, even if the future Hall of Famer wants to keep on playing?