Adam Vinatieri commits to returning for a 21st season in the NFL

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Adam Vinatieri (4) and Pat McAfee (1).

(February 9, 2016) – The oldest player in the NFL isn’t ready to end his career. Adam Vinatieri told our partners at the IndyStar on Tuesday that he will return for the 2016-2017 season. This will be his 21st season in the NFL.

Vinatieri told our Colts reporter Mike Chappell last month that he would “love to play a few more years” and finish his career “as a Colt and ride off into the sunset.”

“I still feel good,” he said. “My body feels good. I feel like I still can contribute.”

Vinatieri’s contract expires on March 9, and it is still unknown at this time if the Colts will re-sign him. But it certainly sounds like the Colts are interested in keeping him. “We’d like to retain Adam,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said recently. “He is still kicking at a high level. He really takes care of himself. Him and Pat McAfee really complement each other. Obviously that’s been one of the strengths of our football team. We’d like to retain Adam and I think we’re hopeful we’ll be able to.”

And according to Chappell, there’s no case against him. “No one should underestimate Vinatieri’s desire to further fatten a resume that likely will deliver him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He ranks No. 3 in NFL history with 2,253 points and needs 292 to surpass Morten Andersen’s all-time mark (2,544).”