INDIANAPOLIS IN - JANUARY 08: Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after he kicked a successful 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8 2011 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
My friend John Michael Vincent (JMV) at 1070 The Fan In Indianapolis is tweeting that the Colts have re-signed safety Melvin Bullitt. Terms of deal are not known, but JMV has Bullitt booked as a guest on his show in a few minutes.
[UPDATE] Bullitt told JMV that his deal is for three years. --bbs
Vinatieri will be a Colt for at least 3 more years. He was #Hyped
Vinatieri and Bullitt were co-captains of the Colts special teams last season.
The re-signing of Bullitt became a major priority after the Colts seemingly lost out on the Eric Weddle sweepstakes. The concern with Bullitt is his health and durability. He missed much of last season with a shoulder injury which has lingered all throughout his career. In the off-season, he had a metal pin inserted into the shoulder. While Melvin seems like good guy and certainly deserves to be rewarded for his play the last four years, a strong safety with a metal pin in his shoulder should not make people comfortable.
With Vinatieri, he was always considered a top priority by management. He bounced back last year after three injury-riddled seasons, including one in 2009 when the Colts went to the Super Bowl without him. They used veteran kicker Matt Stover most of that year.
Still, even though Viniatieri is getting up there, he still has the power and the nerve to nail clutch kicks.