Colts re-sign NFL's oldest player, Adam Vinatieri, 43

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) At 43, Adam Vinatieri is still in demand.

Why wouldn't one of the NFL's most clutch kickers be?

Vinatieri, the league's oldest player, has agreed to terms to remain with the Indianapolis Colts. The team announced the agreement with the four-time Super Bowl champion on Tuesday, one day before NFL free agency begins.

Vinatieri has been with the Colts for 10 seasons, including the 2006 NFL championship season. He also won three titles in 10 seasons with the Patriots before joining Indianapolis as a free agent, with his field goals the margin of victory each time.

He holds career postseason records for points scored (234), field goals (56) and extra points (66).

''We are thrilled to retain Adam as a member of the Colts family,'' Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. ''Adam continues to play at the highest level year in and year out, and his hard work, consistency and professionalism are a credit to him being the longest-tenured active player in the NFL.''

Vinatieri is one of only three kickers with 500 career field goals. He ranks third in total points as the NFL's active leader and sixth in regular-season games played.

With 1,095 points, he is the Colts' career scoring leader. And with 1,158 points for New England, he's the only player in league history with 1,000 points with two franchises.

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