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Friday, November 15, 2019

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Colts will reportedly work out kickers with Adam Vinatieri still struggling

Adam Vinatieri

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.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 1

Mike Tomlin

The NFL is back, and so are the letdowns. For every exciting winner on Sunday, there was a loser — unless you’re the Detroit Lions or Arizona Cardinals, who managed to tie. The week had its fair share of goats, from teams with high expectations falling flat on their faces to a cavalcade of blown double-digit leads in second halves around the NFL.

Here are the ten biggest disappointments of NFL Week 1.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Woof. What an ugly season opener for the Steelers. They were skunked in the first half and fell behind 20-0. They mustered very little in the second half and only got their points thanks to a poor decision by Mike Tomlin. Tom Brady ate up their zone defenses, utilizing deep threat Phillip Dorsett for four catches, 95 yards and two touchdowns. Pittsburgh’s offense lacked punch, running the ball for just 32 yards and throwing for 255. It’s almost as if losing Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown made them worse.

2. Cleveland Browns

After an offseason of hype and aspirations of a division title, this was absolutely not how the Browns envisioned things going in Week 1. They were outcoached and outmatched by the Tennessee Titans, who picked off an overwhelmed (and hurt) Baker Mayfield three times. Perhaps the biggest issues for the Browns were their offensive line and the team’s discipline. Mayfield was sacked five times and the Browns took a remarkable 18 penalties for a total of 182 yards. Six of them resulted in first downs. That can’t happen on a team that expects to contend.

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Colts reportedly do not believe Andrew Luck will return

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck made the shocking decision to retire last month, and the quarterback is certainly young enough that he could take some time off from the game and return at some point in the next few years. The Indianapolis Colts do not expect that to happen, however.

While there was initially talk that some within the Colts organization are hopeful Luck will change his mind about retirement in the future, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that the team “strongly” believes Luck has played his last game in the NFL. One Colts official said the team was shocked Luck retired but would be “even more shocked if he ever came back.”

Luck did not entirely rule out a return to football in his farewell press conference, admitting that he “can’t see the future” but made his decision with a very clear mind. At least one person close to the four-time Pro Bowler said he would be stunned if Luck’s retirement was temporary.

The Colts have chosen to not seek reimbursement of the significant sum of money Luck would have been contractually obligated to pay them back, and they undoubtedly did that to maintain a good relationship with the 29-year-old in case he ever does return. However, they recently signed Jacoby Brissett to a two-year extension and are focusing on the future.

Report: Jim Irsay turned down record $3.2 billion offer for Colts

Jim Irsay

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay recently turned down a record offer for the franchise, according to a report.

According to Joel A. Erickson and Nat Newell of the Indianapolis Star, Irsay was recently offered $3.2 billion for the Colts, but turned down the offer. It is unknown who the prospective buyer was.

A team spokesperson told the Star that the Colts are not for sale.

A $3.2 billion sale would have been unprecedented. Not only would it have surpassed the Carolina Panthers’ record $2.3 billion sale price, but it would have been the most expensive sale of any North American sports franchise.

Irsay’s family has owned the Colts franchise since 1982, when they were still based in Baltimore. Irsay himself has been the team’s controlling owner since 1997 despite some significant personal issues in recent years. He has deep roots in the community, and he’s not prepared to give that up.

The offer also underlines just how valuable NFL franchises are — even ones that are currently going through a bit of a bumpy period on the field.

Report: Colts will not recoup any money they are owed from Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

The Indianapolis Colts are entitled to a significant amount of money back from Andrew Luck now that he has decided to retire, but they are not going to create a situation where there could be tension between the former No. 1 overall pick and the franchise.

The Colts have reached a financial settlement with Luck and will not seek to recoup any of the money he could have potentially owed them, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Luck would have been contractually obligated to pay back a total of $24.8 million stemming from a pro-rated amount of his $32 million signing bonus from 2016 and $12 million in roster bonuses he was paid when the new league year began in March, but the Colts are letting him keep it all.

Luck dealt with numerous significant injuries throughout his NFL career, and the Colts clearly want to show that they appreciate all he went through. Irsay applauded Luck for leaving what he estimated to be close to $450 million on the table by walking away from football, so the owner is letting him keep the $24.8 million as what Schefter describes as a “parting gift.”

We know Colts fans didn’t treat Luck all that well with their reaction to his shocking retirement decision, but the team deserves credit for showing him a great deal of respect.

Colts to reportedly hold Jacoby Brissett out of third preseason game

Jacoby Brissett

There are still some indications that the Indianapolis Colts are not certain that quarterback Andrew Luck will be ready to start in Week 1 of the NFL season.

According to Zak Keefer of The Athletic, the Colts will not play backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The 26-year-old is still listed as the Colts’ starter on the depth chart and will remain in that spot until Luck proves he can practice. Indianapolis will be holding starters out of Saturday’s game, and for now, Brissett fits that label.

Brissett has 17 NFL starts to his name, with 15 of them coming in 2017. He threw for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions that year.

There are still some major physical issues that Luck is reportedly having. There’s some optimism in this report about his Week 1 availability, but for now, everyone is still holding their breath as to whether he can play or not.

Colts’ Eric Ebron says team will win division this season

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The Indianapolis Colts have not won the AFC South since 2014, but tight end Eric Ebron thinks that will all change this season.

On Wednesday, Ebron declared that the Colts would win the division.

“I respect the Jaguars don’t get me wrong, but we are not losing the AFC South this year, I’m sorry,” he said, per ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

The Houston Texans ran the division last season with an 11-5 record, but the Colts were right on their heels at 10-6 and went on to defeat the Texans in the AFC Wild Card game. The Jaguars, meanwhile, went 5-11 after winning the division in 2017 but are expected to bounce back after signing ex-Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and drafting SEC Defensive Player of the Year Josh Allen.

Indy made some additions of their own this offseason however, namely, Spencer Ware and Devin Funchess on offense as well as Justin Houston on defense. As for Ebron, who is coming off a monster 13-touchdown campaign, he is one of several other players who should give the team confidence.