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Adam Vinatieri appears unlikely to decide on his future Monday

Adam Vinatieri

Despite hinting at retirement after another bad kicking performance on Sunday, Adam Vinatieri’s future remains unclear 24 hours later.

Vinatieri, who had suggested he’d talk to reporters Monday despite not being made available to the media, left the Indianapolis Colts’ complex without speaking. Rumors of a press conference also proved untrue, and a decision on the kicker’s future appears unlikely to come Monday.

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio had reported Sunday night that Vinatieri was likely leaning toward retirement, but the Colts had hoped to talk him out of it.

Vinatieri missed two extra points Sunday, continuing a horrible start to his season. He promptly sparked rumors of his impending retirement, but given the lack of announcement, it’s entirely possible the Colts have convinced the 46-year-old to at least reconsider.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 2

Kirk Cousins

The superlative performances continued in Week 2 of the NFL season, though there were plenty of low-scoring struggles as well. In either case, someone has to be a loser, but some players and teams had tougher weeks than others. Be it fumble issues, forced throws, bad offenses or defenses, there were definitely some who will look back on their week and feel very disappointed.

Here are 10 big disappointments from Week 2.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

The Cousins contract looks worse and worse for the Vikings, who appear to be saddled with a mediocre quarterback at this point. Cousins’ decision-making against the Green Bay Packers was suspect at best, as he threw two interceptions into triple coverage. They were both completely on Cousins trying to force it. The quarterback also fumbled twice and completed just 14-of-32 passes. Even his lone touchdown pass could’ve been picked off. The reality is his performance inside the 10 continues to be a major issue.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles

Boy does Nelson Agholor wish he had one play back. Down 24-20, Philly had a 2nd-and-2 at their 40 with under two minutes left and Carson Wentz threw a perfect pass down the left sideline for Agholor. But he dropped it.

Agholor would have walked into the end zone for a touchdown to give Philly the lead and possibly the game. Agholor was lauded for making a big catch on 4th-and-14 a few plays later, but that matters little when he dropped the touchdown that would have given them the lead.


Adam Vinatieri sounds like he plans to retire

Adam Vinatieri

After another brutal kicking day, Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri strongly hinted that he may have played his final game.

The 46-year-old kicker continued his bad start to the 2019 season by missing two more extra points in the Colts’ 19-17 win over Tennessee. After the game, Vinatieri told a reporter that he’d “hear from me tomorrow” despite the fact that he would not typically be available to the media.

Vinatieri’s words were taken by many as a sign that he was going to opt to retire, though it remains speculative at this point.

Vinatieri has had an incredibly accomplished career and will always be remembered for his Super Bowl-winning exploits with the New England Patriots. He has kicked in the NFL since 1996 and has made 84.3 percent of his career field goals in the regular season.

Vinatieri’s kicking issues have become a huge hindrance to the Colts, and he may recognize that it’s simply time to move on for everyone’s own good.

Struggling Adam Vinatieri misses two more extra points

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri has long been one of the more remarkable stories in the NFL, kicking successfully well into his 40s. For the first time, however, it looks like time may have caught up with the Indianapolis Colts’ kicker.

Vinatieri missed two more extra points on Sunday on the heels of a bad Week 1. The second, in the fourth quarter, kept the Colts from opening up a three-point advantage over the Tennessee Titans. He was fortunate that the Colts held on for a 19-17 win, and his miss did not cost the team.

Vinatieri has now missed three extra points in two games to go along with two missed field goals in Week 1.

It’s worth remembering that this isn’t exactly new. Vinatieri was bad in last year’s AFC divisional playoff game. This has become a worrisome trend, and the Colts may have to think long and hard about how much patience they can afford to have with their veteran kicker.

Adam Vinatieri struggles in Colts’ season opener

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri has been one of the best kickers in NFL history, but he looked anything but that during the Indianapolis Colts’ season-opening game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

The 46-year-old kicker missed three kicks during the game. He started off by missing an extra point in the second quarter that would have tied the game at 7. That kick started off straight and then faded towards the right.

Vinatieri had a chance to make it 17-9 going into halftime, but he missed wide to the left from 46 yards. The Colts were down 17-6 at halftime as a result.

Then in the fourth quarter, Vinatieri knuckled a 29-yard kick wide left. That could have made it 24-19.

In all, Vinatieri cost the Colts seven points. They had to go for two in an attempt to tie the game at 24 late in the fourth quarter due to the misses. Luckily they converted and eventually sent the game into overtime where they lost 30-24.

Vinatieri went 23/27 (85.2 percent) last season and made 44/47 extra point attempts. It’s hard to imagine he got old overnight after being dependable last season, but what you hope is that this doesn’t turn into a mental issue for the veteran.

Adam Vinatieri will reportedly return to Colts in 2019

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri has accomplished more in his career than most other NFL kickers combined, but the 46-year-old is not ready to hang it up just yet.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Vinatieri and the Indianapolis Colts are finalizing a one-year deal to keep him with the team for his 24th NFL season.

Vinatieri missed an extra point and a 23-yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs, but he still converted on 23-of-27 kicks during the regular season. While he has certainly lost some range through the years, he remains incredibly reliable.

Vinatieri has been as close to automatic as you can get throughout his career, especially during clutch moments. The NFL’s all-time leading scorer had made so many clutch kicks that people have a tendency to only call attention to his misses. It’s no surprise the Colts want to bring him back for another season, even if he will be 47 by the time it ends.

Colts reportedly want to bring back Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri had one of the roughest days of his remarkable career in the Indianapolis Colts’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend, but that has apparently not soured the team on the idea of bringing him back for his 24th NFL season.

Vinatieri did not commit to playing next season in the wake of last weekend’s loss, though he did say it would be difficult to turn down a contract offer from the Colts.

“If they’re wanting, I can’t imagine (I’d) not keep playing, you know?” Vinatieri told reporters, per Joel Erickson of the Indy Star. “I haven’t made the decision yet. I’ll spend a week or two and just kind of see where we’re at.”

According to Colts reporter Mike Chappell, the interest is mutual.

Vinatieri missed an extra point and a 23-yard field goal against the Chiefs, but he still converted on 23-of-27 kicks during the regular season. The 46-year-old has obviously lost some range over the years, but he is still incredibly reliable.

While Vinatieri cannot play forever, he has been so automatic throughout his Hall of Fame career that people only talk about his misses. The Colts could do a lot worse at the kicker position in 2019.

Twitter reacts to Adam Vinatieri missing second kick in snow

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri fell apart during the Indianapolis Colts’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC playoffs on Saturday, leaving many fans stunned.

The normally reliable kicker missed a chip shot 23-yard field goal before halftime, leading to a funny reaction from Charles Woodson. Then after Indy scored to make it 24-13 in the fourth quarter, Vinatieri missed an extra point — the first missed extra point of his postseason career.

Folks didn’t even know how to respond.

The 46-year-old kicker entered the game 23/27 on field goals and 44/47 on extra points this season. This sort of performance, coming from him of all people, was not expected.

Charles Woodson has hilarious reaction to Vinatieri’s missed field goal

It’s been 17 years since the infamous Tuck Rule game, but it’s fair to say that Charles Woodson isn’t over it.

You can figure that out based on his reaction to Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missing a chip shot field goal Saturday in a snowy Kansas City — a field goal that Woodson wishes the kicker had missed back in 2002.

Woodson is referring to the AFC Divisional game on January 19, 2002 when Vinatieri braved heavy snow to kick tying and winning field goals in a 16-13 New England Patriots win over Woodson’s Raiders. Best known for the “tuck rule,” it kept the Patriots alive and is a key moment in the launch of their dynasty.

Vinatieri has missed kicks in the snow before. It just doesn’t normally happen in the playoffs, but it did on Saturday, demonstrating just how bad things are for the Colts — and bringing back some bad memories for the 2001 Oakland Raiders.

Twitter stunned by Adam Vinatieri’s huge preseason kick

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri may be 45 years old, but it seems he’s getting better with age.

The veteran kicker booted a 57-yard field goal in the first quarter of Monday night’s preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. It was such a far distance that Vinatieri was lined up for the kick from the Colts logo at midfield.

Here’s a look at the reactions on Twitter from folks who were impressed.