INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts coaches are in Hawaii preparing for the 2014 Pro Bowl. Today's news looks at the personnel department attending the Senior Bowl and Adam Vinatieri's future.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromWednesday, January 22nd.**Colts scouring Senior Bowl for NFL draft prospects**By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
For the Colts personnel department, this week's destination brings them to Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl.
With an NFL-record 98 college underclassemen having declared for May's draft, there's a good chance some of the players selected by the Colts this year won't have played in any of the college all-star games. Those are generally limited to seniors, so as to not encourage underclassmen to declare early.
That said, the Colts' personnel department is staffing the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. this week because, well, there's a rich collection of talent there – underclassmen or not.
One can never predict where a team is likely to find the prospects it drafts, but there's a realistic chance the Colts will target a player or two from this week's premier college showcase.
We know this because they've done it before.
Under general manager Ryan Grigson and his staff, the Colts have drafted three Senior Bowl participants in the two drafts they've conducted: guard Hugh Thornton and defensive tackle Montori Hughes in 2013 and running back Vick Ballard in 2012.
**Free-agent watch: Adam Vinatieri**By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
Wells' free agent watch looks at the longest tenured-Colt in 18-year veteran Adam Vinatieri
"I love it here," Vinatieri said. "The guys here are great. Again, I have all the admiration for the ownership, the coaches and the staff. It's very comfortable here knowing when you go into the front office you know everybody by first name and all that stuff. That's hard to duplicate or start over. Ultimately I'd love to be here, but we'll see how it goes."
Punter Pat McAfee, who is also a free agent, joked that he and Vinatieri are a package deal since he handles punts and kickoffs and Vinatieri is responsible for field goals and extra points.
The 41-year-old Vinatieri proved he still has a few years left in his leg. His 40 field goal attempts were third most in the league. He was 4-of-6 on kicks from at least 50 yards and 15-of-17 on kicks between 40-49 yards.
He's not putting a timetable on how much longer he wants to continue kicking.
"I'm still loving it, I'm still enjoying coming here and putting a helmet on and going out and doing it," Vinatieri said. "As long as I'm an asset and not a liability and I think I'm still kicking at a fairly high level, then I can continue on for a while. I know at 41 years old, 18 years in the league, I know that I've been around for a long time, but I also know that there's guys who have played 25 years so, that's seven more years. There's plenty of days in that. I think I could go a few more years and keep it going."