No trip to Indy would be complete without a visit with one of the local team’s players. Especially when he played at West Virginia University, 30 miles up the road from the damp basement in which I usually work.
Punter Pat McAfee joined PFT Live Friday for a wide-ranging discussion that focused initially on the possibility that McAfee will receive the franchise tag between now and March 4.
McAfee said that Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri explained during the 2012 season as other potential candidates for the tag suffered injuries that McAfee likely would get the one-year guaranteed contract that is expected to pay in the range of $2.9 million. McAfee specifically said that his father would “kick my ass” if McAfee refused to pounce on the opportunity to make that much money for one year.
McAfee also talked about how he became a punter in the NFL. Initially a kicker at WVU, he later added the rugby-rollout punt to his repertoire, handling those duties for three years. He had never punted NFL style before coming to the NFL.
When it was time to take a shot at the next level, McAfee planned to be a kicker. But former Colts G.M. Bill Polian saw McAfee punting at the Senior Bowl and one thing led to another and the Colts picked McAfee in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.Four years later, McAfee is on the brink of free agency. He’d like to stay in Indy, and if the tag comes his way it looks like he definitely will, at least for another year.