The Indianapolis Colts continued to make news on Friday after re-signing punter Pat McAfee. The deal is reportedly for five years and worth $14 million.
McAfee was originally drafted in 2009 in the seventh round. He has since become one of the better punters in the NFL. McAfee became even more valuable to the Colts when he started handling kickoff duties in addition to punting.
He ranked 11th in the league in punting last season and averaged 46 yards per punt, down from his career averages.
McAfee was excited to return to the team and stated at the beginning of the offseason that he wanted to remain with the Colts.
So excited about the opportunity 2 have 5 more years in the city that I love.. Indianapolis, let’s win a lot of games and have fun doing it
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 7, 2014
McAfee has also become a fan favorite and is very active in the community. He hosted a weekly show produced by the Indy Star during the season and is a frequent guest on the Bob & Tom Show.
He also did this to Denver’s Trindon Holliday:
That’s a punter laying out one of the better return men in the country. That’s a man you want on your team.
He rated third among punters, per Pro Football Focus. Here is the list of ratings per week:
PFF grades players with zero being average. As you can see, McAfee had a far from average season.
McAfee was to be an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. The Colts have a few other players that they would like to resign before then. Its reasonable to expect a flurry of activity over the next three days.
We’ll keep you updated on all the Colts signings over the next couple weeks.