That is pretty much the theme of an article written at BR, it is also a reoccurring nightmare for me. There are a few things that I don't ever want to see happen, at the top would be Peyton Manning dawning another teams jersey. the pats or the Steelers winning another super bowl and of course; Mike (I'm a giant deuchbag) Vanderjagt ever attempting another field goal in a colts uniform, would have to be right up there.
The fact is Adam Vinatieri had hip surgurry in the offseason, that is serious, but I can't believe Vanderjagt, would be a viable option. He may have been the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but his reputation as a choker in playoff games is what I remember most about him. Against Miami and Pittsburg he had a chance to win those games or get them into overrtime and he failed. He has embarrised him self and the colts with his comments and his actions. I wold think Bill P. would rather have John Daily attempting field goals instead of Mike Vanderjagt, at least Daily is likeable.
I'll look at the article some more after the jump.
The reality of the situation is that it is very likely that Adam Vinatieri could return from hip surgery, have a long rehabilitation process, suffer complications and setbacks, and then re-injure or aggravate the injury during the course of the season, leaving the team and its fans without a proven kicker on their roster.
I think it’s time for the Colts to consider a backup plan and his name should be Mike Vanderjagt.
The colts did draft a kicker Pat McAffey and signed a free agent or two; so there is some concern, but, if these young guys don't work out, Polian will sign some body but it won't be Vanderjagt. Mike, like him or not, is 39 and his last year in the CFL he made around 75% of his FG attempts, not close to his NFL record life time average of 86.5% and not good enough by NFL standards. He's not getting any younger and not any more accurate.
Adam Vinatieri is 36 years old, which is not terribly old for a kicker, but he's certainly nearing the end of his career. Since joining the Colts in 2006, his field goal percentage has dropped dramatically from 89.3 percent in 2006 to 79.3 percent in 2007 to 80.0 percent in 2008.
He doesn't ever say Vanderjagt's field goal percent last year in the CFL, so I looked it up, he hit right at 75%. Vinatieri out preformed him last year, with a bad hip. There is no reason to think this guy has anything left not to mention he suffers from the "million dollar leg, and the five cent brain" syndrome. If a playoff game is on the line, I would rather have Vinatieri hobble out there with a "walker" then put VanderChoke back out there.
Vanderjagt can still come in and perform at a high level, and it is not really a matter of money since Vanderjagt has been playing for the Canadian Football League, which generally pays significantly less than the National Football League.
He hasn't preformed at a hight level since 2005, why is he going to start now. His last memorable kick as a Colt was on the Letterman show. I'm sure Bill P. loved that episode. Add to that the off field stuff and there is no way Bill P. signs this guy, He'll sign King R. before he signs Vanderdeuch.
The offseason is really dragging on, people are getting board and conjuring up articles, no way Bill P. would ever consider signing him again. I trust that Bill P. can find a better option then the return Vanderpuke.