Adam Vinatieri Returning To The Colts At Age 45

Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts NFL

Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts NFL

The Indianapolis Colts have signed kicker Adam Vinatieri to a new one-year contract.

Indianapolis could lose another free agent who's likely Canton-bound, 34-year-old RB Frank Gore, but Vinatieri appears set to finish his remarkable career that spans four different US presidents, five Super Bowls, seven head coaches and 30 postseason games, as a member of the Colts.

Experts consider the four-time Super Bowl champ one of the best kickers in National Football League history, but he is still chasing some records.

The 45-year-old kicker sits just 57 points behind Morten Andersen on the All-Time scoring list, and as long as he stays healthy, Vinatieri should have no problem taking the top spot in 2018. For the Patriots, Vinatieri played in all 160 regular-season games from 1996-2005, plus 15 playoff games.

Attention will naturally turn to his pursuit of Andersen, and ESPN.com noted he has scored the necessary 58 points to surpass him every season of his career except when he played a mere six games in 2009. In his five full seasons after turning 40 years old, Vinatieri has successfully kicked 90 percent of his field goals and 97 percent of his extra point attempts. Two of his misses last season came during blizzard conditions in Buffalo.

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