It’s unknown whether the Colts will expect a new punter and/or kickoff specialist to hold on extra points and field goals or shift those responsibilities to backup quarterback Scott Tolzien.
“I’ve got no idea,” Vinatieri said. “It will be interesting to see for sure.”
Players who retire as young as McAfee often have second thoughts as the season approaches. But if he wants to return to the Colts, McAfee would probably need to let new general manager Chris Ballard know soon, before a replacement is potentially signed in free agency or drafted.
Whatever path McAfee chooses won’t affect the bond Vinatieri has built with him over the past eight seasons.
“I wish him all the success in the world,” Vinatieri said. “I love him like a brother. I’m sure he’s going to do great.
“It’s not the same not having him around. And like I told him, the true people aren’t going to know how badly we miss you until you’re gone.”
In his defense, Garrett was slowed NFL Jerseys Authentic by an early-season ankle injury and started only nine games. The 21-year-old Garrett also has a previous body of work, having NFL Jerseys Outlet registered 24 sacks in his first two seasons at Texas A&M.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are two of the many draft analysts who have the 6-5, 270-pound Garrett pegged as the top pick. In December, Kiper said Garrett “has everything teams want in a premier edge rusher.” McShay has described Garrett as “the top all-around physical freak in this class. He’ll test off the charts for a pass-rusher.”