Adam Vinatieri tells OMF he's 'very optimistic' he hasn't made his last kick in the NFL

Rob Bradford
June 02, 2020 - 4:45 pm

Twenty-four years.

That's how long Adam Vinatieri has been a kicker in the NFL. If there isn't one more field goal, the 47-year-old would almost certainly have a place in the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

But he believes the story isn't quite complete.

Appearing on OMF as the Mystery Guest, Vinatieri told Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria that he has every intention of finding one more opportunity to kick. The challenge, of course, is returning from knee surgery that ended his 2019 season with the Colts and has the free agent fighting against the clock to find his next team.

"That's the million-dollar question at this point," Vinatieri said when asked about his plans to return for 2020.

"I obviously had surgery that I didn't get to finish the season this year and kind of struggled all season long with that knee surgery. They told me it was something that was going to take seven months-ish for a recovery time. I'm getting close to the end of that. I'm not back yet. I'm not 100 percent yet. I'm still trying the best that I can to get back and if I can make it back and feel like I can still be productive I definitely would like to play again. But in saying that this year has been really, really strange. I'm not under contract. I can't go into a facility and get a lot of hands-on work with a trainer so my progression has been just a little bit slower than it would have been if I had been in a facility."

The Colts, who Vinatieri has spent the last 14 seasons with after kicking off his first 10 in New England, seem to have moved on from Vinatieri, currently carrying last year's kicker Chase McLaughlin along with highly-touted rookie free agent Rodrigo Blankenship.

No matter team it might be with, Vinatieri's future hinges on the recovery of his surgically-repaired left knee.

"Hopefully, I can get a little bit more rehab and progress a little bit faster," said Vinatieri, who signed with the Patriots out of South Dakota State after being undrafted in 1996. "It might be I'm just ready to go at the beginning of the season. Maybe I'm ready to go a couple of weeks in it. If somebody needs me give me a call. I'm still very optimistic that I can and I'm still working toward that. We'll see. Hopefully."