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Snow game may cost Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri half a million dollars

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, known for his heroics kicking through snow with the Patriots during the Tuck Rule Game in the 2001 playoffs, missed two field goals during near-whiteout conditions at New Era Field on Dec. 10.

That dropped his season field-goal percentage from 95.7 percent to 88 percent (22 of 25) and could cost him a $500,000 bonus.

Former NFL agent and CBS Sports contributor Joel Corry tweeted that Vinatieri has a $500,000 incentive in his contract if he makes 90 percent of his field goals.

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Vinatieri needs to go 5 for 5 over the Colts' final three games to get back to 90 percent (27 for 30).

That's certainly within the realm of possibility, but it leaves him no margin for error. If he misses again, he'd need to go 36 for 40 to reach 90 percent, which is highly unlikely with three games left in the season.

Update: Vinatieri went 2 for 2 in the Colts' Week 15 game against the Broncos, bringing his season average to 88.9 percent. He needs to go at least 3 for 3 over the final two games to reach 90 percent. Wonder if the Colts give any thought to making him inactive.

Vinatieri did hit a very impressive 43-yard extra point to tie the game, though. He said in the locker room that he planned on hooking the ball in like that.

According to the salary cap website Over The Cap, Vinatieri, 45, has earned more than $40 million in his 21-year career.

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