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NFL News and Notes for May 28

As NFL teams start to enter the offseason phase of OTA’s and minicamps, much of the heavy lifting in terms of roster construction has been done for most general managers. Still, many are putting the final touches on their rosters and still looking for upgrades where possible.

While anticipation is starting to grow as the season grows nearer, there is still plenty of news from around the league. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week.

Vinatieri Calls It A Career

The all-time leading scorer in the NFL is not a quarterback, not a running back or wide receiver; rather, the leading scorer is one of the best kickers in the history of the game. This week, that kicker is calling it a career.

At 48-years-old, Adam Vinatieri has finally said that the end is here. During a visit on the Pat McAfee Show, Vinatieri announced that he is retiring after 24 seasons.

Not only is Vinatieri the all-time leading scorer with 2,673 points, but he is also a four-time Super Bowl champion and is a sure bet future Hall-of-Famer.

Last season, Vinatieri did not play after having surgery on his left knee. In 2019, with the Colts, he played in 12 games and went 17 for 25 on field goals and 22 for 28 in extra points.

One of the most amazing aspects of his career is that he spent the entire time with just two teams. He broke into the NFL in 1996 with the New England Patriots and kicked for them until 2006 when he signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He would play the rest of his career with Indianapolis.

While he had a lot of great seasons, his best might have been in 2014, when he went 30 for 31 on field goals and a perfect 50 for 50 on extra points despite being 42-years-old.

Regardless, it has been a heck of a ride for Vinatieri, and he will likely have a spot reserved for him in Canton sooner than later.

Robert Tonyan Returns To Packers

While there is plenty of turmoil in Green Bay with the Aaron Rodgers debacle, one key to the Packers’ offense will be returning as tight end Robert Tonyan has signed his restricted free agent tender.

Tonyan will make approximately $3.38 million this upcoming season.

Last year, the 27-year-old had a fantastic season hauling in 52 catches for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns. He will likely be one of the Packers’ key weapons once again this season.

Green Bay is currently +1700 to win Super Bowl LVI. Obviously, those odds reflect the ongoing saga with Rodgers, but regardless of who is under center, they will have a great pass-catching option out of the tight end position.

Brown Makes It Official With Tampa Bay

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially re-signed wide receiver, Antonio Brown. While news first broke at the end of April that the two had agreed on a deal, a knee injury had delayed it becoming official.

After undergoing a minor procedure on his knee, he was able to officially pass his physical and re-sign this week.

Brown makes for one of the best third options in the league behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Last season, in just eight games, he caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns.

With some of his off-the-field issues behind him, Brown will probably put up even better numbers on a Tampa Bay team that is trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They currently have the second-best odds to do exactly that at +650.

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