Yesterday it was Jim Irsay breaking Colts news, and today it was Pat McAfee. Appearing on NFL AM this morning on NFL Network, McAfee announced that he has agreed to a new five-year deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts.
This is a move that will make fans thrilled, as McAfee is one of the most well-liked players in the community among the fans and was one that almost everybody wanted to bring back. There was some uncertainty as to if it would actually happen, and most of it was around how much money McAfee would get - which we still don't know. What we do know, however, is that it is a five year deal, which will keep the 26-year old punter in Indianapolis for five more years. McAfee tweeted about the move this morning after announcing it:
So excited about the opportunity 2 have 5 more years in the city that I love.. Indianapolis, let's win a lot of games and have fun doing it— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 7, 2014
McAfee has a career average of 45.6 yards per punt with 31 touchbacks and 116 punts downed inside the 20 yard line. He set a Colts franchise record by averaging 48.2 yards per punt in 2012 and then set another Colts record in 2013 by having 27 punts downed inside the 20 yard line. He is among the league's best punters and also doubles as a kickoff specialist for the Colts, a job he excels at also. And, I'd be remiss to not mention the fact that he's as tough as you can possibly get at the punter position and is, in my opinion, clearly the best tackling punter in the NFL. No one will forget the play in 2013 where he laid out Broncos return man Trindon Holliday as Lucas Oil Stadium erupted. McAfee is also very involved in the community and is a very important and beloved figure in Indianapolis.
This was no doubt a very good move for the Colts to bring back McAfee, as now they have one of the league's best punters, a team leader, and great influence in the community locked up for five more years. We'll have more details when we find out more about McAfee's contract, and there are very likely at least a few more re-signings to come soon. I fully expect one of those to be McAfee's special teams buddy, kicker Adam Vinatieri. I was way more confident in the team re-signing Vinatieri than McAfee, and now I think that both will happen. It has been a busy few days for the Colts, and it won' t be slowing down anytime soon.
The "Boomstick" is back in Indianapolis. That's some good news to start the morning off.
[UPDATE:] According to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez, here's what McAfee's contract details are:
If Marvez's report on the details is true, then it's a great deal for the Colts especially but also for McAfee. The average of $2.8 million a year would place Pat right around the eighth highest paid punter in the league based on average salary, per spotrac.com. That seems about right for McAfee, as he definitely is a top-ten punter. The Colts actually might have gotten a slightly better deal based on the fact that McAfee probably could have been paid like a top-five punter fairly, but either way it's a good deal for both sides - the Colts didn't overpay for McAfee but they arrived at a deal that is also good for McAfee himself.