Colts sign kicker Vinatieri for 24th NFL season

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Adam Vinatieri is giving his illustrious career at least one more year after agreeing a new deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

On Monday, the Colts confirmed the 46-year-old kicker had signed a contract extension after he expressed a desire to play his 24th NFL season in 2019.

Vinatieri has made more field goals (582) and scored more points (2,600) than any player in NFL history.

While he uncharacteristically missed the shortest field goal of his career and an extra point in the team's 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs, he converted 23 of his 27 field goal attempts in 2018. He also made 44 of his 47 extra points.


"Adam is not only one of the greatest Colts in team history, but one of the greatest players in NFL history," Colts general manager Chris Ballard said, via the team's website.

"He is an ideal representative for our organisation, 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."