INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, Indianapolis Colts punter and kickoff specialist Pat McAfee tweeted that he had a special announcement to make at the top of the hour.
McAfee has been co-hosting NFL AM on the NFL Network for the past week. His tweet about a “special announcement” could only mean one thing. He had news on his contract situation with the team.
By the time the show’s regular hosts, Molly Qerim and Steve Wyche, turned things over to McAfee, the big smile on his face pretty much told the whole story.
“My phone vibrated about five minutes ago and let me know that I have agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts for five years,” he related. “I’m really pumped about it. This is really cool. I really love the city of Indianapolis.
“I am super excited. This is a huge day. I texted my mom and my dad and my girlfriend. Super excited to be back in Indianapolis, back in that locker room and hopefully win a lot of games.”
While terms haven’t been officially released, FoxSports’ Alex Marvez reported that McAfee agreed to a five-year deal that is worth $14 million with $5 million in guarantees. He was due to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday.
A seventh-round pick from West Virginia in 2009, the kicking specialist had the unenviable task of replacing one of the franchise’s most popular players in punter Hunter Smith. But McAfee was up to the job, which became a little tougher after a much-publicized off-field incident in 2010.
Despite that distraction, he has become one of the National Football League’s most dependable punters. McAfee has a five-year overall career average of 45.6 yards and a net average of 38.4 yards on 366 total punts. He holds team records for total kickoffs (387), touchbacks (164) as well as gross and net punt average.