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Adam Vinatieri: “I Really Didn't Want To Go Anywhere With My Family”

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Intro: With free agency approaching, the Colts made a major move on Tuesday morning by re-signing kicker Adam Vinatieri. The 18-year veteran returns to Indianapolis after setting a career-high with 35 made field goals last season.



INDIANAPOLIS – For his 19th NFL season, Adam Vinatieri will return to Indianapolis, a place he has called home for the past eight years.

The deal became official on Tuesday morning just hours before the free agency period was to begin.

Vinatieri spoke to USA Today Sports on Tuesday morning to discuss why he ultimately chose to remain with the Colts.

"It would be nice to hopefully be able to finish my career with just two teams," Vinatieri told USA TODAY Sports Tuesday. “I'm just happy to have an opportunity to keep going and hopefully finish my career with these guys and have another shot at winning another ring before all is said and done for me.

"At the end of the day, I really didn't want to go anywhere with my family."

Last year, Viantieri set a career-high with 35 made field goals and backed up his familiar line of “plenty of lead in the pencil.”

He knocked home 19 field goals of at least 40 yards in 2013, which is six more made field goals from that distance than he had in his previous 17 seasons.

With free agency fast approaching, Vinatieri told USA TODAY Sports that he had some significant suitors wanting to sign him.

"Yesterday we had some other good opportunities with other playoff teams," Vinatieri said. "But at the end of the day, I felt the most comfortable continuing to build what we're building here. This made the most sense, I love it here. My family loves it here.

"My teammates, my coaches, everything about it here is very awesome and comfortable."

The Colts will head into 2014 with one of the strongest trio of specialists in the NFL.

Punter Pat McAfee re-signed with the Colts late last week and he is expected to remain as the team’s kickoff specialist.

Pro Bowl long snapper Matt Overton is back as well and sent out the following tweet upon hearing the Vinatieri news: The #4thDownPlayers are back! Congrats to @adamvinatieri & @PatMcAfeeShow on signing new deals!

Vinatieri will turn 42 in December and remains keen on winning a fifth Super Bowl Championship.

"We feel we're one of those teams that has as good a shot as any of them," Vinatieri says. "At that point, you have to seize the moment and make every opportunity count. I do look at us as a young team moving in the right direction, if we can fill a couple of spots and holes, I don't see why this year we can't fight for that divisional title and championships."

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