Vinatieri had another solid overall season in 2018, his 13th with the Colts. He's connected on 23 of 27 field goals (85.2 percent), including 4-of-6 from 50 yards or more, and also made 44-of-47 extra-point attempts (93.6 percent).
He was also a trusted team captain and leader of a young Colts team who started the season with a 1-5 record, but reeled off wins in nine of his final 10 regular season games to finish at 10-6 and earn his first postseason berth since the 2014 season.
The Colts – just the third team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to make the playoffs after a 1-5 start – would go on to defeat the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round.
Acknowledging the fact that he felt something special was building in Indianapolis, Vinatieri told reporters Jan. 13 that he was not out of the box for a 24th NFL season in 2019. But he said he wanted to meet the Colts first and then take a little time before any official would be decided on his end.
"Listen: I love playing football," Vinatieri said. "I love being in the locker room with these guys and stuff. So I can not imagine doing anything else. But, like anybody, we'll all sit back and just decompress a bit and see where it goes. "
Ballard told reporters Jan. 14 that he was planning on meeting with Vinatieri the next day.
"I will say this: I think he can still kick in this league and be a really good kicker? Absolutely I do, "Ballard said.
"He's as important as a guy in that locker room," Ballard continued. "I do not know if I have been around a special teams player that has as much impact as Adam (Vinatieri) does in the locker room. From a positive standpoint, all of our young guys come in to see Adam Vinatieri work, rehab, prepare his body every year, be a pro, handle the hard times, handle the good times. I mean all of that, what Adam brings brings a lot of value to this team. "