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Colts punter won't get long-term deal

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06:57 AM ET 07.15 | Pat McAfee's personal and professional relationship with Indianapolis Colts will last at least another season. The team's veteran punter will play under the one-year, $2.977 million franchise tag that was affixed to him in March, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Monday is the deadline for a franchise player to reach a long-term contract with his team, and that will not happen in McAfee's case. It isn't known whether the team attempted to negotiate a multiyear contract with McAfee. He signed the franchise tag in April, which guaranteed its value. "I'm ecstatic about the opportunity to be an Indianapolis Colt for at least another year," McAfee said in an email response to The Star.

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July 15, 2013  07:15 AM ET

Well, there goes their Super Bowl dreams.

July 15, 2013  07:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Well, there goes their Super Bowl dreams.

I know....

July 15, 2013  08:09 AM ET

He's probably most excited about making $3 million a year and never having to break a sweat or get dirty.

July 15, 2013  08:10 AM ET

He's Number 1! He's Number 1!

OK, but "veteran punter" usually conjures up visions of, dare I say it, some grizzled graybeard picking up his Ensure at the local Walgreens. This guy is 26.

July 15, 2013  09:04 AM ET

But, in fine Colts tradition, he can always get liqoured up and shoot his mouth off.

July 15, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's probably most excited about making $3 million a year and never having to break a sweat or get dirty.

All guaranteeeed. No camp competition, not pressure, kick it any way and where you want. He is not unhappy at all.

July 15, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Never heard of a franchise tag being used on a punter.

July 15, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Never heard of a franchise tag being used on a punter.

It happens. It is the cheapest franchise tag number there is. And a bad punter ruins all your best laid plans.

July 15, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Never heard of a franchise tag being used on a punter.

The Giants tagged punter Steve Weatherford last year.

July 15, 2013  10:18 AM ET

Our idiot kicker who got liquored up and ran his mouth off. The sad thing is, he's a good kicker. He's a good kicker, but he's an idiot.

July 15, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It happens. It is the cheapest franchise tag number there is. And a bad punter ruins all your best laid plans.

And a great one makes all the difference in the world. So put Ray Guy and a few others in the Hall of Fame where they belong. Just sayin'.

July 15, 2013  10:24 AM ET

He may have no soul but he does have $3 million.

July 15, 2013  01:02 PM ET

Ummm.......he's a punter. Not like he deserves the big money like a long snapper would but........

 
July 15, 2013  03:49 PM ET

All good punters are crazy, this guy looks like he on and not on his way! Go Figure!

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