INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts today signed kicker Adam Vinatieri to a contract extension.
“Adam is not only one of the greatest Colts in team history, but one of the greatest players in NFL history,” said Colts General Manager Chris Ballard. “He is an ideal representative for our organization, the Indianapolis community and Colts fans everywhere. We value Adam’s reliability and feel he will continue to kick at a high level. In addition to his performance on the field, he brings a tremendous amount of leadership to our locker room. He sets the standard for what it means to be a professional and how to properly prepare, especially for our younger players. We’re privileged to watch him continue his iconic career for another season.”
Vinatieri, 6-0, 212 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 22, 2006. In Indianapolis, Vinatieri has converted 319-of-369 field goal attempts (86.4 percent) and 485-of-496 PATs for 1,442 points. He owns the Colts record for points scored, extra points made and field goals made. Vinatieri was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI championship team. He has played in the second-most playoff games (32) in league history and holds multiple career NFL postseason records, including points scored (238) and field goals made (56).
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Vinatieri has played in 353 career games over his 23-year NFL career. He has connected on 582-of-690 field goal attempts (84.3 percent), made 852-of-870 PATs and scored one two-point conversion for 2,600 career points. Vinatieri is the NFL’s all-time leader in points scored as well as field goals made. He ranks second in league history in PATs made. Vinatieri is tied for the second-most games played in NFL history. He is the only player in league history to make at least 250 field goals with two teams. Vinatieri is also the only player to record 1,000 points with two franchises. His 84.3 career field goal percentage ranks 12th all-time. Vinatieri has 28 game-winning field goals in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime. He has earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors 18 times (most by any kicker), NFL Player of the Week honors one time (playoffs) and has been named AFC Special Teams Player of Month five times (tied for NFL record). From 2015-16, Vinatieri set a new NFL record and franchise record for the most consecutive field goals converted with 44. He has the most career regular season wins (215) by a single player in league history.
In 2018, Vinatieri converted 23-of-27 field goals (85.2 percent) and 44-of-47 PATs for 113 points. It marked his 21st 100-point season of his career, which extended his NFL record. Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 8. In the Colts’ 42-28 win over the Oakland Raiders, he converted two-of-two field goals and four-of-four PATs for 10 points. After converting a PAT and a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter, Vinatieri made a 25-yard field goal towards the end of the first half to pass Morten Andersen for the most career points by any player in NFL history. He became the fourth player ever to play in an NFL game at 46 years or older and was just the second player to appear in a playoff game at 46 years or older.
Vinatieri joined the Colts after playing 10 seasons (1996-2005) with the New England Patriots. He is the only kicker in NFL history to record successful field goals in four Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLI).