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If Adam Vinatieri gets his way http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/jawaan-taylor-jersey-cheap , it might not be the only record to fall.

On Thursday, the 45-year-old kicker signed a one-year deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts – a deal he insists may not be his last.

Financial details were not immediately available, though the deal is believed to be in the neighborhood of last season’s $3 million salary. Vinatieri also noted during a conference call that he will receive a $250,000 bonus if he makes 88 percent of his field goal attempts next season after missing barely missing out on a bonus for making 90 percent in 2017.

But money isn’t the reason Vinatieri returned. He is playing well, wants to win and needs 58 points to surpass Morten Andersen as the league’s top scorer.

”I know 57, 58 points away is definitely within reach this year if I stay healthy and all that,” said Vinatieri, who has scored 2,487 points. ”I really wanted to break that record wearing a Colts helmet where I’ve played the majority of the years in my career now.”

Vinatieri made his intentions clear late last year that he wanted to play a 24th pro season and his preference was to stay in Indianapolis, where he has developed deep roots since joining the Colts as a free agent in 2006.

General manager Chris Ballard quickly let Vinatieri know the team wanted him back. The combination made Indy’s first major offseason move pretty simple.

”This process was substantially easier than it was maybe a couple years ago,” Vinatieri said. ”I know when Chris and I had conversations after the season I expressed to him how if everything was moving in the right direction and everything was going to get taken care of, how much I would like to be here and continue my career here. He expressed to me that he also wanted me to keep playing here. So the process was pretty easy.”

Vinatieri acknowledged hiring Frank Reich as the new coach also helped persuade him to come back.

Reich takes over a team that went 4-12 in 2017 and played without Andrew Luck the entire season. The quarterback is still rehabbing from surgery he had on his throwing shoulder 13 months ago.

The good news is Reich knows he can count on the best clutch kicker in league history.

Vinatieri earned his reputation by making two Super Bowl-winning kicks with the New England Patriots.

But his legacy runs much deeper. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, a fourth championship with the Colts after the 2006 season and nearly added a fifth despite finishing the 2009 season on injured reserve.

Patriot fans also remember Vinatieri for making two field goals in a driving snowstorm – one to force the overtime, the other to win it – in the infamous ”Tuck Rule” playoff game that helped New England win its first Super Bowl title. He rekindled those images in December when he made a long extra point to help force overtime in a blizzard at Buffalo.

Vinatieri is the last active player from NFL Europe, and he has been around long enough to remind reporters he once tackled Herschel Walker.

But the Colts are more concerned with productivity than records and so far, they’ve seen no indication Vinatieri is slowing down.

”Adam is one the best players in NFL history and we are excited to keep him in Indianapolis Josh Oliver Jersey ,” Ballard said in a statement. ”He continues to play at a high level and his experience and production are valuable assets for our team. Adam is the consummate pro and a key leader in our locker room.”

He needs nine field goals to pass Gary Anderson for second all-time and 36 to break Andersen’s career record of 565.

If he sticks around a few more years, as he suggested he might, Vinatieri won’t just be chasing Anderson and Andersen.

He also would be within striking distance of surpassing George Blanda as the oldest player to ever play in the NFL at 48 years, 109 days. Vinatieri would break the mark if he plays in the 2021 season opener.

”Less concerned about that one,” Vinatieri said, chuckling. ”I guess I’ll take these one year at a time and see where it ends up. I would anticipate if I can stay healthy and be productive, I can anticipate catching up to Morten midseason or thereabout, and I guess at the end of the year I’d be 46. I’m not putting anything out of reach.”



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sensational rookie running back Saquon Barkley was stuffed repeatedly for the first time in more than a month. Eli Manning had little time to throw, and there was no Odell Beckham Jr. on the field to provide relief.A week after their best offensive effort in years in a 40-16 win over the Washington Redskins, the New York Giants (5-9) were grounded on a cold, rainy day at MetLife Stadium. The Giants were shut down and out by the Titans 17-0 Sunday in a game that featured Tennessee rushing back Derrick Henry rushing for 170 yards and two touchdowns.The loss ended the Giants’ faint playoff hopes that stayed alive longer than expected after a 1-7 start.“Didn’t do anything well enough to expect to win, didn’t make plays, we didn’t run the ball, we didn’t stay on the field on offense, we had penalties http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/quincy-williams-ii-jersey-cheap , so we didn’t play well enough there,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “I thought on defense, they ran the ball, we didn’t tackle as well as we did in the last few weeks, which extended drives for them, and they beat us.”What was really surprising was the way the Titans handled Barkley, who came into the game as the NFL’s No. 3 rusher with 1,124 yards and a streak of four straight 100-yards games on the ground.Tennessee set out to stop Barkley and forced the Giant to pass. It was the perfect strategy.The Titans held Barkley to 31 yards on 14 carries, with a long run of 17 yards. He caught four passes for 25 yards, giving him 56 total yards from scrimmage, only the second time in 14 games he has been held under 100 yards.“It’s football,” Barkley said. “That’s what comes with the responsibilities of playing running back. It’s not always going to be there, every play is not going to be a 40-yard gain. You just have to take what they give you. When the opportunity comes, you have to split it and make them pay for it. We didn’t do that today.”The Giants made mistakes: Manning was sacked three times, hit eight times and turned over the ball twice. The offensive line struggled all day and got hit with too many penalties that created bad down-and-distance situations.With the Giants down 7-0 early in the second half, New York reached the Titans 18. A hands-to-the-face penalty against Jamon Brown pushed the ball back to the 28 Ryquell Armstead Jersey , and two plays later Kevin Byard intercepted Manning on third-and-20.A strip sack by Titans linebacker Kamalei Correa and fumble recovery by tackle Jurrell Casey set up Henry’s second touchdown.“Give credit to the Tennessee defense,” said Manning, who finished 21 of 44 for 229 yards. “They played well. They did a good job stopping the run on some early downs. The few times we actually got some things going, we had negative plays, we had penalties where we just could not sustain the drives and keep things going. They played well and we didn’t.”Sterling Shepard, who was targeted nine times and caught two passes for 37 yards, said the conditions were difficult.“Nothing seemed to go our way and the weather didn’t help at all, either,” Shepard said. “You can’t use that as an excuse. You have to fight through that. Both teams have to do it.”The Titans (8-6) did, and they are still in the playoff hunt. The Giants are out for the sixth time in seven years. The exception was 2016.The end this year was not surprising, considering New York opened the season with a 1-7 record.“There’s nothing that we can do about it now,” linebacker Alec Ogletree said. “We have two weeks left here to finish out the season, so we have to turn our attention to Indy (Indianapolis) next week and get ready to go play.”
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