Adam Vinatieri has 'every intention' of playing 21st season
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is the NFL's oldest active player and is headed for free agency in March. But the 43-year-old has no plans to retire anytime soon and hopes to continue kicking for the Colts.
“I still feel good,” Vinatieri said. “My body feels good. I feel like I still can contribute. I’m going to talk to my wife after the season’s over, but I have every intention of playing next year. Hopefully it’s here.”
The 20-year veteran said while the Colts have a number of key decisions to make in free agency to ensure they save cap space for an expected contract extension for star quarterback Andrew Luck, salaries for kickers rarely prove to be an issue. Per Overthecap.com, Vinatieri earned $2.75 million in 2015.
“Kicker money never makes or breaks a team’s salary situation,” Vinatieri said. “They say, ‘We want this guy so we don’t have to worry about that position later.’ One of the good things (and) bad things about being a kicker is our salaries are never going to be so high that if a team wants you, they can’t afford you.”
Vinatieri certainly has a strong case to return. After missing his first two kicks of the season, he connected on 25 straight field goals and made 32-of-35 extra-point attempts for the Colts.