Friday, February 24, 2006
Vinatieri, who was franchised last season, stood to make $3.01 million if the Patriots tagged him again, a raise of 20 percent. That’s $500,000 more than the $2.468 million averaged by the top five kickers.
“It just didn’t feel like the right thing to do,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We considered all our options and decided not to tag anybody.”