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Colts re-sign kicker Adam Vinatieri

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri had two wishes in free agency.

He wanted to win one more Super Bowl ring for his thumb, and he wanted to do it with the Colts.

Indianapolis refused to let the 41-year-old kicker slip away Tuesday, re-signing Vinatieri to a new two-year contract just hours before he was to become an unrestricted free agent and after a couple of days spurring interest from other teams.

"It's always fun to have other teams calling but at the end of the day, they were all very distant competitors in this because I told my wife as long as the Colts want me around and we can get it done, I want to stay here," Vinatieri said during a conference call. "It's nice to know that you're loved but at the end of the day, being home is much more comfortable than going anywhere else."

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, though Vinatieri repeatedly made it clear his decision was about more than money.

The signing was well-received by Vinatieri's current and future teammates and coaches. After the deal was first reported, Vinatieri noted that he was quickly contacted by coach Chuck Pagano, punter Pat McAfee and long snapper Matt Overton.

McAfee agreed to a five-year deal to stay in Indy late last week. Long snapper Matt Overton, who went to the Pro Bowl last season, is already under contract.

And at age 41, Vinatieri isn't sure this will be the last contract he signs, either.

"As long as my body's feeling healthy, I can't see why I can't continue to play," Vinatieri said. "I know Morten (Andersen) played until he was 47, I think Gary (Anderson) played until he was 46, so I think I've got a few more years left, not just two."

Vinatieri is widely considered the best clutch kicker in league history.

He made two Super Bowl-winning kicks with New England, where he won three Super Bowl rings. He might be best known, however, for making the tying kick to force overtime and the winning kick in overtime in a driving snowstorm to beat Oakland in the "Tuck Rule" playoff game. That win helped propel the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title.

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