Adam Vinatieri plans to return for his 23rd season in the NFL in 2018. The question has now become: what team will he play for?
The 45-year-old has spent his last 13 seasons in Indianapolis but is set to become a free agent on March 14 if the team fails to extend his contract before then, and while Vinatieri wants to return to the Colts he understands it’s a business:
“Yeah, obviously, this is a family to me,” Vinatieri said in regards to the Colts. “I’ve been in this building for a long time. I know most of the people that work in it, if not all of them, and obviously, these guys in the locker room fighting on the field with me are my brothers as well. So, it’d be nice to stick around. My family is comfortable here, but we’ll see how it goes.”
If the future Hall of Fame kicker does decide to return to the team next season, he will have to adjust to a new special teams coordinator. Tom McMahon left the team this offseason to join the Denver Broncos.
It will also take more than just a fair contract for the 4-time Super Bowl champion to return to the team. As expected, he wants to play for a contender, and is willing wait to see what the direction is of the Colts before returning to the team.
Vinatieri says: “(the direction) definitely weighs in on all decisions.”
“I’ve been very fortunate to play on two very successful franchises over 22 years, and I enjoy playing on teams that win games,” Vinatieri said. “So hopefully we can get back there on this team as well, but that always plays a factor. It’s fun playing in January, February. It’s fun having a chance to play for a championship.”
The Colts haven’t given Vinatieri a chance to play for a championship since 2014, and with all things considered even with a healthy Andrew Luck the team is likely 1-2 more good off-seasons away from serious contention.