Chris Ballard Implies Adam Vinatieri Won’t Be Back

It sounds like Adam Vinatieri’s 14 year career with the Colts is over.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard was asked today about the team’s kicking competition, and said it’s going to be Chase McLaughlin vs. Rodrigo Blankenship.

Ballard said the team will do as much as possible to create pressure situations and give McLaughlin and Blankenship a true kicking competition this summer.

McLaughlin made 5-of-6 field goals and all 11 extra point attempts in four games with the Colts last year. Blankenship was signed as an undrafted free agent.

Head coach Frank Reich did mention that Vinatieri is still rehabbing from knee surgery. Vinatieri recently told Mike Chappell of Fox that he wants to continue playing, but his rehab has been complicated by closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vinatieri was 17-of-25 on field goals and 22-of-28 on extra points before being shut down last year.

Vinatieri puts his home in suburban Carmel, Ind. on the market earlier this month, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The NFL’s all-time points leader will turn 48 years old in December.

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