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Colts’ Adam Vinatieri Discusses Likely Final Game at Gillette Stadium

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Thursday Night likely marked the final time that Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who played close to a decade in New England, would ever play at Gillette Stadium as he is closing out his legendary career.

Vinatieri, 45, is still going strong, but took the time after the game to talk about how special playing in Gillette Stadium again was for him.

“This is a special place and it always will be,” Vinatieri said, during an appearance on WEEI. “It’s a special place and it’s got a lot of nostalgia for me, obviously. It’s a fun place to play. The fans are wild and crazy and it’s a hard place to win if you’re an opposing team. We just didn’t play well enough obviously. Walking off the field it was kind of a neat feeling. It was pretty cool [the ovation he received walking off the field], it really was, and I appreciate that. A lot of the fans were pointing up at the banners and stuff like that. It was pretty cool. It will always hold a special place in my heart for the 10 years I spent here with such a great team and organization and great fans.

“It was neat. I only heard one person say, ‘You suck’ then another guy said, ‘No you don’t Vini, we love you!’ In years past they were more brutal on me but lately they’re just nice to me so it’s good stuff.”

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Dolphins, Reshad Jones Likely Parting Ways

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The Miami Dolphins and safety Reshad Jones are likely heading to a divorce, according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero.

Jones, 31, skipped voluntary workouts and the Dolphins seem to be heading to a parting of ways.

The Dolphins have a younger option to play at safety in Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Jones has expressed his unhappiness, in-game, as recent as last season when he took 10 snaps off against the New York Jets.

Miami is likely shopping Jones, who is still productive, but no longer the elite safety he has been in his Pro Bowl years.

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Patriots Sign Demaryius Thomas

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The New England Patriots bolstered their rather thin wide receiver corps by signing veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Thomas’ new deal is a one-year pact worth up to $6 million.

Thomas split last season between the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos, who he spent his entire career with prior to his trade to Houston.

Overall, Thomas hauled in 59 receptions for 677 yards and 6 scores in 2018.

Thomas tore his Achilles in December, making his status uncertain at this time.

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Chargers, Travis Benjamin Agree to Contract Extension

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The Los Angeles Charges and wide receiver Travis Benjamin have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Benjamin’s new deal includes a $3 million signing bonus and lowers his base salary from $5.35 million to $1 million.

Bejamin, 29, posted 12 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown in limited playing time last season for the Chargers.

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