The greatest long-distance kicker in Detroit Lions history isn't going anywhere. Matt Prater has agreed to a three-year extension with the club worth $11.4 million, according to NFL Network. The deal includes incentives that could push the overall money to as much as $12.15 million. Prater had been playing through a contract year -- a scary proposition, given how bad some kicking situations are around the league, and just how good he's been. The Lions know both sides of that coin well. They thought they settled their kicker situation when they drafted Nate Freese in seventh round in 2014, but then he missed four of his first seven attempted and was jettisoned for Alex Henery-- who promptly missed four of his first five attempts. Neither kicker has played in the NFL again. As luck would have it, Prater was coming off suspension for substance abuse issues at the time. Denver chose to cut him rather than give him another chance, and the Lions pounced. And the fit has proved to be a great one for both sides.
Lions sign Matt Prater to 3-year extension worth as much as $12.15 million
Michigan Live | Oct 25