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Colts agree to deals with Adam Vinatieri, Melvin Bullitt

Indianapolis Colts place kicker Vinatieri celebrates kicking a field goal against the New York Jets during their AFC Wild Card NFL playoff football game in Indianapolis Reuters

Adam Vinatieri and Melvin Bullitt are staying in Indianapolis.

Vinatieri, the 38-year-old kicker, has agreed to a three-year deal with the Colts, his representatives revealed on Twitter. Bullitt’s deal is reportedly also for three years.

Although Vinatieri has a reputation as one of the best kickers in history, he actually doesn’t have a particularly strong leg: He’s just 2-for-9 on field goals of 50 yards or longer in the last eight seasons, and the Colts have taken him off kickoff duty. But Vinatieri is coming off one of his better seasons, going 26-of-28 with a long of 48 yards.

Bullitt has spent his entire four-year career with the Colts. Last season he suffered a shoulder injury in Week Four and missed the rest of the year.

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5 Responses to “Colts agree to deals with Adam Vinatieri, Melvin Bullitt”
  1. mataug says: Jul 27, 2011 4:52 PM

    Adam’s been a great servant to the club but I think it would be better that the Colts moved on. There is always pressure on Peyton to get them into the 47-48 yard FG range because of Adam’s limited leg and I’m pretty sure that changes the Colts’ offensive strategy.
    He’s probably thinking at the back of the mind that if we don’t reach his range, that’s three points missed so let’s try to get an extra yard or two on this play.

  2. jersey73 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:58 PM

    As a Colts fan, resigning Melvin Bullitt was big. Him and Bethea are two good, young guys in the secondary.

  3. 4ever19 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:25 PM

    Yes yes yes. Mr. Bullitt is a key piece of the secondary and defense overall. This is good news indeed. I thought we were going to lose him to Mr. Greedy Bighead. But while I like Adam Vinatieri, he has lost some range.

  4. mdnittlion says: Jul 27, 2011 8:50 PM

    It’s like Adam has become the new Favre or Peyton no matter how much his skills decline no one wants to show him the door, cause he’s a 4 time champion & most likely a first ballot hall of famer. I mean he’s made more than any other kicker ever has in the history of the league. I think he all know he’ll probably retire a Pat anyway and if Mr. Kraft has it his way they’ll retire his number.

  5. leftysmoke says: Jul 28, 2011 12:29 AM

    Welcome back Mr. Clutch and Melvin B! Both were priorities, but I kind of wish that we would have made more of an effort to sign Weddle. The Chargers got him paaaaaaaid though.

    Go Colts!

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