Colts announce deals for Vinatieri, Bullitt

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, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with kicker Adam Vinatieri and safety Melvin Bullitt.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Vinatieri has spent the past five seasons with the Colts after starring for 10 years with the New England Patriots. He is a four-time Super Bowl champion, having kicked the winning field goal for New England in two of his three titles with the Patriots. He was also a member of Indy's Super Bowl championship team in his first year with the Colts.

The 38-year-old South Dakota State product has made 364-of-440 field-goal attempts over 227 career games. He is 12th in NFL history with 1,657 kicking points.

Bullitt has played his entire four-year NFL career with the Colts and has six interceptions with 178 tackles in 48 games. He led the squad with four picks in 2008 and last year appeared in only four games before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign.

The Colts also released kicker Brett Swenson and defensive back Jordan Hemby, while signing 15 rookie free agents.

Among the rookies signed were quarterback Mike Hartline of Kentucky and running back Darren Evans of Virginia Tech.

Hartline threw for 5,680 yards with 38 touchdowns in his career for Kentucky, including 3,178 yards with 23 scores last year.

Evans was a standout for Virginia Tech in his rookie season of 2008 when he ran for 1,265 yards and was named the MVP of the Orange Bowl, but missed the entire 2009 season with a torn ACL and returned last year to run for 857 yards with 11 touchdowns in nine games.


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