Punter Pat McAfee signed his 1-yr, $2.977 million franchise tender today as reported by Mike Chappell. It isn’t unusual for the Colts to exercise the franchise tag to retain a player. Over the past decade, they have tagged quarterback Peyton Manning, tight end Dallas Clark, running back Edgerrin James, offensive tackle Tarik Glenn and tight end Marcus Pollard. Oakland’s Shane Lechler set the bar for punters in 2009 when he signed a four-year, $16 million contract. New Orleans signed Thomas Morstead to a six-year, $21.9 million extension in 2012 that included $6.925 million in guarantees. In 2011, Tampa Bay and Michael Koenen agreed to a six-year, $19.5 million extension that included $6.5 million in guarantees.
McAfee, 25, is coming off his best season. The team’s 2009 seventh-round draft pick set single-season club records with a 48.2 gross average and 40.3 net average, and overtook Chris Gardocki for the career average (45.5). McAfee also delivered touchbacks on a club-record 45-of-79 kickoffs (57 percent).
ProFootballFocus.com ranked McAfee as the league’s No. 3 punter in 2012. So a finally the colts signed him to his contract.