Colts K Adam Vinatieri had the worst season of his Hall of Fame professional career in 2019, leaving 30 points on the board by missing eight field goals and six extra points. He revealed after the season he was dealing with a knee injury and is working on rehabbing it this offseason. However, given the fact that his contract is up, it’s far from a sure thing Vinatieri is the Colts’ kicker next season.
“I don’t know. I know he’s rehabbing that knee and it’s something that [GM Chris Ballard] and [HC Frank Reich] will talk about and give their opinions to me,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said via the Indianapolis Star’s Jim Ayello. “As an as owner I occasionally step in, but I like to give my people room to make mistakes. Often times that’s how you learn. The best way to learn. It hurts, but you learn that way. But Adam knows how much I think of him. He’s unbelievable. . . . We’ll see. He’s in rehab mode now, and we’re in the middle of trying to put the team together.”
- CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora writes the Jaguars are expected to be active in the trade market with the need to shed several big salaries. He mentions DL Calais Campbell as someone who has a market, and guys like CB A.J. Bouye and G Brandon Linder who could also fetch something in a trade.
- La Canfora adds players like QB Nick Foles and WR Marqise Lee won’t have much if any of a market.
- ESPN’s Michael DiRocco writes that Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue is seeking a deal worth $22 million a year and indicated last season he wouldn’t report under the franchise tag. However, DiRocco thinks the team tags Ngakoue to buy more time in negotiations.
- ESPN’s Sarah Barshop thinks the Texans ultimately elect not to put the franchise tag on DT D.J. Reader, though using the transition tag could be a possibility.