Chappell: McAfee, To Play Under Franchise Tag

Though rarely been something to brag about, Indy's special team squad has one player that can consistently bail them out of tight spots: punter Pat McAfee, who according to Mike Chappell, just signed on as Indy's franchise player for 2013. While offseason special team coverage usually doesn't extend past the casual gun-possession charge, this move is extremely important for the Colts.

McAfee, 26, is coming off his best season. The 2009 seventh-round draft pick set single-season franchise punting records with a 48.2-yard gross average and 40.3-yard net average. He tied Hunter Smith’s club record with 26 of his punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, and his 45.5-yard career gross average is a club record.

It's an odd selection, but at this point, a logical one; McAfee is a sure starter with proven value and is currently irreplaceable, especially with Adam Vinatieri slowing down year by year. Smart move for a solid player.

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