Adam Vinatieri made it official on Wednesday: he’s finished playing in the NFL after 24 seasons.
Vinatieri announced on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he has filed the paperwork to officially retire. The 49-year-old four-time Super Bowl champion has not kicked in an NFL game since 2019.
Vinatieri is pretty much synonymous with clutch kicking, converting two Super Bowl-winning kicks for the New England Patriots among a number of others throughout his career. His last couple years were marred by injuries, and a bid to come back after undergoing knee surgery never materialized.
Even though he struggled in his last season with the Indianapolis Colts, that will be quickly forgotten in light of his numerous successes. He’ll be remembered as one of the greatest and most clutch kickers in NFL history.
47-year-old Adam Vinatieri is not ready to give up on the NFL just yet.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Vinatieri wants to return in 2020, but has been hindered in his recovery from knee surgery which is posing problems for his rehab.
This counts as a bit of a surprise. Vinatieri made just 68 percent of his field goals last season. He also missed six extra points. It got so bad that he appeared to consider retirement, but the knee injury offered an explanation for his poor kicking.
Vinatieri is currently a free agent. Given the public health situation, he may have a difficult time getting signed right now. That could be a major impediment toward his hopes of a return.
Adam Vinatieri will not kick again for the Indianapolis Colts this season, and it is quite possible we have seen the last of the future Hall of Famer in the NFL.
Vinatieri missed Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a knee injury, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that he is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery.
Vinatieri converted just 1-of-4 field goals in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans, and Colts coach Frank Reich revealed this past week that the 46-year-old is dealing with a knee issue. While Vinatieri’s age is likely a factor, the knee injury helps explain why he has converted a career-low 68 percent of his field goals this season and missed six extra points.
Vinatieri turns 47 later this month, and he openly considered retirement after a bad couple of games to start the season. It would not be a surprise if this is the end of his remarkable NFL career.
Adam Vinatieri’s status for Week 14 is in doubt due to a knee injury, according to a report.
In Week 13, Vinatieri had yet another rough game for the Indianapolis Colts. He went 1/4 on field goals as the Colts lost to the Titans.
On Wednesday night, Colts head coach Frank Reich said Vinatieri had an issue with his knee in warmups before his bad game against Tennessee. The veteran kicker underwent an MRI on his knee Wednesday, and his status for Sunday is in doubt, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reports.
Indy claimed Chase McLaughlin off waivers Wednesday, which seems to be a strong hint that they are preparing for Vinatieri to not play.
McLaughlin, 23, has gone 13/17 on field goals and made all 15 of his extra points this season, spent with two different teams.
Vinatieri turns 47 later this month and has had kicking issues throughout the year. He even considered retirement after a bad couple of games to start the season. This may be the end of his NFL career.
Adam Vinatieri is having a disaster of a season as his nears his 47th birthday, but the Indianapolis Colts are not wavering on their confidence in him.
Speaking with the media Wednesday, Colts head coach Frank Reich indicated that the team would continue to stick with Vinatieri, calling him “our guy.”
“We have confidence in Adam,” said Reich, per Mike Wells of ESPN. “He’s not just our kicker, he’s a leader on our team — a captain, a presence. This is important. We feel like we need him going forward and have the utmost confidence in him.”
Vinatieri, who is in his 24th NFL campaign, has missed a total of 11 kicks this season (five field goals and six extra points). That includes misses on two potential game-winning field goal attempts in contests that the 5-4 Colts ultimately wound up losing.
The team actually worked out other kickers earlier this week, but it looks like they will allow the three-time Pro Bowler to continue working through his struggles, at least for now.
Adam Vinatieri is still struggling to convert extra points, and the Indianapolis Colts may be looking into the possibility of replacing the future Hall of Famer down the stretch.
The Colts were planning to host some free-agent kickers for workouts on Tuesday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports. While they have not yet decided if they will move on from Vinatieri, they are obviously weighing their options.
Vinatieri missed another extra point in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, giving him a whopping six misses on the year. The 46-year-old missed three all of last season, two in 2017 and none in 2016. Vinatieri has also converted just 73.7 percent of his field goals this year, which is his lowest mark since 2003.
The latest extra point that Vinatieri missed may have had a major impact on Sunday’s game, as the Colts were down 16-12 late and had to try to put together a touchdown drive to win at the end. Had they only needed a field go to send the game to overtime, they may have been able to take a different approach.
While one of Vinatieri’s recent misses appeared to be the result of a bad hold, there’s no question he is finally showing signs of age. The Colts stood behind him earlier in the season when he strongly hinted at retirement, but they may have changed their minds as he continues to struggle.
Week 10 of the NFL season produced quite an impressive share of dramatic finishes and exciting moments, as well as some serious letdowns. After all, the Miami Dolphins won a game, and that has to come at someone’s expense.
Who didn’t have it together in Week 10? Here are ten big disappointments.
Jared Goff, QB, Rams
Take Goff out of his home stadium and this appears to be what he is. It gets even worse when he’s facing a good defense like Pittsburgh’s. He turned the ball over three times, including one very bad interception, and couldn’t even hook up with Cooper Kupp once in a loss to the Steelers. In tough road environments, Goff barely even looks like an NFL starter. The fact that his great disparity in play between home and road games has not ceased suggests has to be a major worry for the Rams.
Josh Allen, QB, Bills
Allen completed just over half his passes, but didn’t find the end zone against a Browns defense that has been vulnerable this year. He was fortunate not to turn the ball over, as he had it punched out on a pass just shy of the goal line that could have been disastrous had a teammate not fallen on it. The Bills are a good team buoyed by a great defense, but it’s easy to see what happens to them if they run into an equally solid defensive unit — Allen might not be good enough to overcome it.
We’re officially more than halfway through the NFL season, and it’s becoming quite clear who has a chance to compete in the playoffs and who doesn’t. As the stakes get higher, the disappointments get more extreme, and there was no shortage of letdowns on Sunday, including quarterbacks playing for their jobs and a high-flying offense finding itself completely grounded.
Here are ten big disappointments from NFL Week 9.
The Browns were gifted a matchup with untested quarterback Brandon Allen, who took the reins of an offense that had struggled all season. Cleveland still couldn’t win. They outgained the Broncos, didn’t turn the ball over, and still lost thanks to, once again, some brutal red zone offense. This has been an issue for a while now and is still not fixed. Every week, the Browns seem to find a different way to lose despite all their talent. It’s the mark of a bad football team.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears
Trubisky’s hold on the starting job has to be tenuous at best by now. He completed just 10-of-21 passes on Sunday, and failed to complete anything beyond the line of scrimmage in the first half. That half was historically bad, in part due to scheme but mostly because of Trubisky’s limitations as a quarterback. It’s not clear how much better Chase Daniel would be for this offense, but he couldn’t possibly be any worse than what Trubisky is doing for the Bears right now.
Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts
Vinatieri looked to have recovered from a major early-season swoon that sparked retirement consideration. The warning signs resurfaced a week ago, when he missed a field goal and an extra point. That was generally forgiven when he made two field goals from over 50 yards, including a game-winner. No such luck Sunday. The laces were in when Vinatieri badly hooked a 43-yard try that would have put Indianapolis ahead with 1:11 left, and he missed an extra point as well. It’s hard to see the Colts running a legend like Vinatieri out of town, but one has to wonder if they’ll ask him to consider his future this week.
Adam Vinatieri missed a potential winning field goal during Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts 26-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it turns out his holder did him no favors.
Vinatieri completely hooked the 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:11 left, effectively ensuring a Steelers win.
Upon closer review, the laces were in on the kick:
Even if the laces were in, Vinatieri should not be missing that badly. But he’s been having a brutal season, was contemplating retirement, but has remained with the team. The team’s decision to keep him this season after his terrible first two games was a bad one and is costing them. Vinatieri also missed an extra point in the game.
The Indianapolis Colts are standing by Adam Vinatieri even as he mulls retirement.
The 46-year-old kicker appears poised to stay with the team, as coach Frank Reich said Monday that the team has “zero concern” about Vinatieri’s recent struggles.
It essentially looks like the status quo. Vinatieri has made just one of three field goals and two of five extra point attempts this season, and those numbers are definitely worthy of a kicking crisis. However, the Colts clearly believe he can turn things around, and value his presence as a teammate as well.
Vinatieri strongly hinted at retirement after his two missed PATs on Sunday. Perhaps the Colts managed to talk him out of it.