Pat McAfee IND 10 Months

Colts re-signed P Pat McAfee to a five-year contract.

Punters are people, too. McAfee has one of the game's best legs and announced the deal on NFL Network's NFL AM show Friday morning. A year after being the Colts' "franchise player," McAfee gets the security he was eyeing. McAfee will probably end up being the highest-paid punter. He also handles kickoffs.

Pat McAfee IND 10 Months

The Indianapolis Star thinks free agent P Pat McAfee may be more inclined to look elsewhere for a long-term deal.

McAfee was the Colts' "franchise" player last season, earning $2.97 million. His numbers dipped a bit, but he's still one of the better punters in the game and handles kickoff duties. McAfee, 27 in May, probably wants to cash in and secure a long-term deal with an annual average salary near $3.5-4 million.

Pat McAfee IND Apr 24 '79

Yahoo! Sports reports the Colts and franchise player P Pat McAfee are unlikely to reach a long-term contract agreement.

McAfee is coming off a career-year with a 40.3-yard net average, and 26 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He also serves as the Colts kickoff specialist and had 45 touchbacks last season, good for sixth in the league. It's speculated McAfee was looking for a deal averaging $3.5-to-4 million per year, with $7 million guaranteed. He'll be the first Colt to play under the tag since Edgerrin James in '05.

Pat McAfee IND Jan 11 '79

Colts signed franchise player P Pat McAfee to a one-year, $2.97 million contract.

Pat McAfee IND Dec 10 '78

Colts assigned the franchise tag to P Pat McAfee.

Get excited. The franchise tag for punters/kickers checks in at $2.97 million this season. Coach Chuck Pagano called locking McAfee up a "major priority" on Thursday. The four-year veteran was fifth in gross punting average last season.

Pat McAfee IND Dec 09 '78

Colts coach Chuck Pagano called free agent P Pat McAfee a "major priority."

"Obviously, we've reached out and are working to get Pat re-signed," Pagano said. "We saw what he did for us last year. He's a great weapon." McAfee set career-highs by landing 26 punts inside the 20-yard line and 11 inside the 10-yard line last season. He also ranked fifth in the league in gross punting average.

Pat McAfee IND Nov 27 '78

The Indianapolis Star considers free agent P Pat McAfee a candidate for the Colts' franchise tag.

Colts beat writer Mike Chappelle would be "stunned" if McAfee got away after finishing fifth in the NFL in gross punting average (48.2) in 2012, while ranking a rock-solid 15th in net (40.3). McAfee will turn 26 years old this May.

Pat McAfee IND Nov 20 '78

Impending free agent P Pat McAfee "hopes to be a Colt forever."

McAfee set a Colts' franchise net punting record of 46.6 yards in 2011, but he wasn't as good in 2012, finishing No. 15 in the league with a 40.3 mark. He also finished tied for sixth in the league with his 45 touchbacks on kickoffs.

Pat McAfee IND Oct 13 '77

Pat McAfee broke the Colts' franchise record for net punting (46.6) in 2011 despite playing the final nine weeks with a torn meniscus in his kicking knee.

A rare bright spot in the Colts' 2-14 season, McAfee set the record on a massive sample size (88 attempts) because Indianapolis' inept offense punted so much. McAfee is scheduled to have the meniscus surgically repaired next Monday.