Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is not having a great start to the 2019 season.
The NFL’s all-time leading scorer missed two more extra-point kicks and almost became the reason the Colts lost for the second straight week in their 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The future hall of famer immediately left the locker room Sunday and informed reporters that they will be hearing from him on Monday.
“You’ll hear from me (Monday),” he said.
After he was reminded that it was a players’ day off, Vinatieri reiterated, “Yeah, you will (hear from me).”
That sure sounds like he’s thinking of hanging up his cleats. However, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting the Colts aren’t ready to give up on him.
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Colts aren’t ready to give up on Vinatieri, and they hope to persuade him to stay. Either way, they expect to have an answer by Monday afternoon.”
“Breaks my heart to see it because I know how hard (Vinatieri) works,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said outside the locker room after the game. “Of course it’s a concern. I can’t lie to you guys. Anyone would tell you it’s a concern. Adam, coach (Frank Reich), (general manager) Chris (Ballard), me. Yeah, I mean, in this league, it’s professional football. We all have to produce.
“The expectation is to win when you’re a professional. So we have to figure out where we’re at there and see what coach and Chris think is the best direction. And I know Adam will be the most self-honest person of all, so we’ll see where we’re at.”
“This is a man of very tough cloth, and I know all our fans, like I, hurt with Adam,” Irsay said. “No one hurts worse than Adam does.”
Vinatieri has lasted 24 years in the NFL by being reliable and the Colts surely thinks he can get through one more season.