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Colts to 'franchise' punter Pat McAfee

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The team will continue to work on a long-term deal

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 3:35 am

The Indianapolis Colts will place the franchise tag on punter Pat McAfee while continuing to work on a long-term deal.

The Colts announced the move Friday.

“Franchise tag is an honor but it doesn't change a thing. I'm in pursuit 2 be the greatest & 2 help my team win however possible. Lets go 2 work,” McAfee wrote on Twitter.

McAfee later issued an official statement via the Colts' media relations department.

“It's an honor to know that I'll be a member of the Indianapolis Colts for at least another year,” McAfee said in the release. “I love the city, I love the team, and I love being a member of the community. I obviously hope to work out a long-term deal to stay here forever, but one more guaranteed year is awesome. Go Colts.”

If the Colts and McAfee don't reach an agreement on a new deal, McAfee will be paid approximately $3 million for the 2013 season.

McAfee averaged 48.2 yards per punt lasts season and coach Chuck Pagano praised McAfee during the NFL Combine, saying it was a priority to get him back in the fold for next season.