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The Roar: Prater and Lions Agree to Three-Year Extension

On Wednesday afternoon, the Detroit Lions signed Matt Prater to a contract extension. The deal is for three years, $11.4 million with incentives that could elevate it to $12.15 million. Prater will receive a signing bonus of $3.6 million.

The 33–year-old Prater has been money with his right foot since re-arriving on the scene in Motown during the 2014 season.

In 49 games with Detroit, spanning over four seasons, Prater is 22-for-22 from 20-29 yards out, 19-22 from 30-39 yards out, 24-30 from 40-49 yards out and 19-24 from 50 or more yards out.

Prater, the former boot of the University of Central Florida, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Lions in 2006. He didn’t make the team as Jason Hanson stood in the way and rightfully so. Prater then made a couple of practice squad appearances with the Miami Dolphins in 2007 — sandwiching his stay with the Atlanta Falcons — but eventually found a home with the Denver Broncos later that season, where he was until being released in 2014.

Hanson retired following the 2012 campaign, which left the Lions looking for a kicker. They spent a full season and then some looking for their guy, which ended up being someone that they had once upon a time, just eight years earlier.

Although, it seems almost impossible to completely fill the uprights the same way that the great Jason Hanson did, Prater has done as good of a job, if not better, than anyone imagined someone doing in just a few seasons in the Motor City.

In an interview on Wednesday, Prater said, “there’s no place I’d rather be than Detroit.”

With the extension, it’s a successful conversion for both sides. Prater gets to stay where he wants to be and Detroit’s kicking game is now solidified through the 2020 campaign.


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