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Colts reach deal with Adam Vinatieri
Seattle-PI ^ | Tuesday, March 21, 2006 | staff

Posted on 03/21/2006 5:16:37 PM PST by Perdogg

Terre Haute, IN (Sports Network) - The Indianapolis Colts reportedly agreed to terms with placekicker Adam Vinatieri on Tuesday.

According to a report on ESPN, the contract could be made official on Tuesday night.

Considered to be the best clutch kicker in the history of the game, Vinatieri will be replacing the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, Mike Vanderjagt, in Indianapolis.

Vinatieri is best known for connecting on the winning field goals in two of the New England Patriots' three Super Bowl victories.

The 33-year-old Vinatieri has converted 263 of 321 field goal attempts and 367 of 374 extra point tries in 160 career games, all with the Patriots.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: colts; nfl

1 posted on 03/21/2006 5:16:41 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: MikefromOhio; mainepatsfan; cgk

ping


2 posted on 03/21/2006 5:17:11 PM PST by Perdogg (The Opinions expressed by Perdogg are correct and should be relied upon)
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To: Perdogg

Ouch! This one hurts!


3 posted on 03/21/2006 5:18:37 PM PST by Holicheese (Hey whitey, wheres your hat?)
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To: mainepatsfan; SamAdams76

Aieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!


4 posted on 03/21/2006 5:25:21 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("If I were a Cuban, I'd certainly be on a raft," Isane Aparicio Busto)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); akorahil; albee; A message; andyland; Argh; b4its2late; BADROTOFINGER; ...

NFL PING



FReepmail scott says to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...


This is a fairly high volume ping list

5 posted on 03/21/2006 5:26:02 PM PST by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: Perdogg

LOL

I would be willing to bet that Vinatieri makes that kick against the Squeelers :)


6 posted on 03/21/2006 5:26:50 PM PST by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: Perdogg

Why in the world would NE let him go?

IIRC, they can keep him (I assume he is a free agent) if they match the highest offer.

A great kicker is good for 2 or 3 games + at least 1 playoff game.


7 posted on 03/21/2006 5:27:45 PM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: freedumb2003

I think that the thinking in NE was that he was too much of a hit against the salary cap. He was making a lot of money, and I think the prevailing thought--true or not--is that kickers are a dime a dozen.


8 posted on 03/21/2006 5:29:11 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: Perdogg

who hoo


9 posted on 03/21/2006 5:29:45 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Perdogg

Meanwhile, there are rumors that Miami might release Olindo Mare. Say it isn't so!


10 posted on 03/21/2006 5:32:48 PM PST by Terpfen (72-25: The Democrats mounted a failibuster!)
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To: Perdogg

They're breaking up that old gang of mine. :(

Well, it was good while it lasted. (Sounds of gut-wrenching sobbing...)


11 posted on 03/21/2006 5:34:12 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: freedumb2003
A great kicker is good for 2 or 3 games + at least 1 playoff game

Exactly! Now, would you please fire off a memo to Parcells to that effect? Olindo Mare, Vanderjagt, and Josh Brown are all possibilities for the Cowboys, and they must ink one imo.

12 posted on 03/21/2006 5:34:30 PM PST by Dysart
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To: freedumb2003
The New England Patriots let Vinatieri go because they are a very smart football organization. Vinatieri just priced himself out of a job. Sure, he's a great kicker and while he did have two Super-Bowl winning kicks, it took the rest of the team to get him into that position. The Patriots recognize the fact that you need more than just a good kicker and a great quarterback to win Super Bowls.

And if Tom Brady ever gets Peyton Manning disease, you can bet that the Patriots will let him go as well.

The Indianapolis Colts are already paying Peyton Manning an obscene amount of money (relative to the percentage of salary cap). By adding the high-priced Vinatieri, there will be that much less money to pay the rest of the players. As a result, the Colts will likely never get past the 1st or 2nd round of the playoffs.

13 posted on 03/21/2006 5:52:51 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Venus is dazzling, but not very high, in the western sky)
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To: SamAdams76

I can't add anything to that.


14 posted on 03/21/2006 5:55:21 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: MikefromOhio

UNGH


15 posted on 03/21/2006 6:13:39 PM PST by demsux
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To: SamAdams76

What happened to Vanderjagt?


16 posted on 03/21/2006 6:18:29 PM PST by GianniV
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To: Publius Valerius

"I think that the thinking in NE was that he was too much of a hit against the salary cap. He was making a lot of money, and I think the prevailing thought--true or not--is that kickers are a dime a dozen."

The Pats offered him the highest contract ever for a kicker, despite him being the 20th ranked kicker in the NFL last year...The Dolts exceeded that by $500K a year.

Good luck with Shaky Peyton come playoff time Adam!!!


17 posted on 03/21/2006 6:38:23 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: GianniV

He missed the kick that mattered.


18 posted on 03/21/2006 6:42:14 PM PST by Diplomat
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To: LibFreeOrDie

No McGinest and no Vinatieri? Will Tom Brady still be a Patriot in September?


19 posted on 03/21/2006 7:02:31 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Wristpin

So the Patriots didn't bring enough money to the table. Like I said--seems like they didn't think he was worth the salary cap hit.

Sorry for 'em.


20 posted on 03/21/2006 8:05:56 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: Diplomat

the kick?

That implies there's only been one.


21 posted on 03/21/2006 8:07:00 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: Publius Valerius

They say you're only is good as your last one.

He is one of the better kickers. I think Indy is overplaying their hand. Vandy is probably one of the best 5 kickers in the game.

Predictions on where he'll land? I say New England.


22 posted on 03/21/2006 8:33:17 PM PST by Diplomat
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To: Perdogg

move over Vanderjag


23 posted on 03/21/2006 9:24:43 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Diplomat
Predictions on where he'll land?

Chicago. :)

24 posted on 03/21/2006 9:27:07 PM PST by Echo Talon
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I'm an Eagles fan but I actually enjoy tracking sports dynasties (except the Yankees) BION. Looks like the one in Foxboro is over. The Pats had a chance to match the Chuck Noll Steelers' feat of 4 titles in 6 years this coming season. With McGinest and Vinatieri gone, that probably won't happen now.

ff

25 posted on 03/22/2006 5:28:02 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Publius Valerius
I think that the thinking in NE was that he was too much of a hit against the salary cap. He was making a lot of money, and I think the prevailing thought--true or not--is that kickers are a dime a dozen.

The Saints thought the same thing when they let Morten Andersen walk. Atlanta grabbed him and went on to win the NFC title. It took two years, and a lot of blown games because of missed field goals, before they found a kicker who was consistent and not a headcase. Kickers may be a dime a dozen, but good ones can be hard to find.

26 posted on 03/22/2006 6:19:06 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) (If Liberals had as much passion for our troops as they did for Tookie, the war would be over...)
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To: Diplomat
Vandy is probably one of the best 5 kickers in the game.

I absolutely agree, so long as the game is in the third quarter. Put the game on the line, though, and his Indy history ain't that great. Can't speak to the CFL stuff.

27 posted on 03/22/2006 3:21:18 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: Publius Valerius

At least he had the leg to hit the 46 yarder he missed, as well as 50 yarders. I don't see Vinatieri hitting any at this distance or being allowed a shot to attempt it at this distance too often. We'll see.

If Indy's running game weakens because of the loss of Edge and/or any turnover on the O-Line, we'll see how good the Vinatieri signing is soon enough.


28 posted on 03/22/2006 4:10:31 PM PST by Diplomat
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To: Diplomat

One of the issues Belichek had was the lack of leg on kickoffs...The Pats don't carry and extra kicker for kickoffs, and Adam had something like 3 touchbacks over his career. Those hidden yards on kickoffs lead to points over the season.

"In Bill we trust"


29 posted on 03/23/2006 8:31:45 AM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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