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Colts bring in Jeff Locke to replace Pat McAfee

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The Colts were in need of a new punter after Pat McAfee announced his retirement just before the Super Bowl and they found one on the first day of free agency.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Colts have agreed to a contract with former Viking Jeff Locke. Locke had been a member of the Vikings for his entire four-year NFL career.

Locke punted 74 times for the Vikings last year and had a net average of 39 yards per kick, which raised his career average in that area to 38.8 yards. Locke also held for field goals and extra points and criticized himself for not spinning the ball on Blair Walsh’s last-second miss that eliminated the Vikings from the playoffs after the 2015 season.

Locke will likely take over for McAfee on that front as well, which means Adam Vinatieri will have to get used to a new partner.

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11 Responses to “Colts bring in Jeff Locke to replace Pat McAfee”
  1. thefatlazygamer says: Mar 9, 2017 5:29 PM

    I hope the Colts like shanks in critical situations. Plus if they ever play outside, watch out. In other words, thank you Indy!

  2. upnorthvikesfan says: Mar 9, 2017 5:29 PM

    Far from the best punter in the league, but not the worst either. A bit surprised Minnesota let him get away.

  3. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 9, 2017 5:30 PM

    Beware if he’s holding on extra points.

  4. footballtyme says: Mar 9, 2017 5:36 PM

    I see the colts are making a big splash in Free Agents so far!!

  5. avikesfan says: Mar 9, 2017 5:41 PM

    you can have him.

  6. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 9, 2017 5:45 PM

    Locke was terrible for three years and then put together a good season in a contract year.

    That Walsh miss had nothing to do with the hold, by the way. That was 100% the kicker’s fault.

  7. skolvikes says: Mar 9, 2017 5:51 PM

    I had no idea that Locke was a free agent. But, I’m ecstatic he’s gone. Good luck Indy, like thefatlazygamer said, I hope you like shanked punts in the most crucial situations.

  8. mnfaninil says: Mar 9, 2017 6:58 PM

    Locke made huge strides last year with punts inside the 20. Was improving, but not worth spending $$$ on a punter. I’m sure they will bring in a bunch to compete in camp and maybe use a 7th on one.

    Go get another Tackle!!!

  9. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:05 PM

    The Viking punter is typically the hardest working man in the NFL.

  10. h0metownzero says: Mar 9, 2017 7:07 PM

    Viking punters get a lot of extra practice.

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    Especially during games.

  11. aypeeswhippingstick says: Mar 9, 2017 7:21 PM

    He’s trying to recover from dead leg due to years of over use.

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