Franchise tag may be coming for Broncos’ Matt Prater

Reuters

The Denver Broncos may be planning to place the franchise tag on their kicker.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos, with 17 unrestricted free agents heading into this offseason, are likely to franchise kicker Matt Prater. The franchise tag for kickers this year is projected at just $2.6 million, so keeping Prater around won’t be too costly.

Prater has expressed interest in getting a long-term deal done, but a guaranteed one-year salary of $2.6 million wouldn’t be bad, either. Last year Prater made $1.8 million.

Prater got a lot of credit for some big-time, game-winning kicks last season, although it’s also worth pointing out that he had some big misses: He actually missed more kicks than he made in the 40-49-yard range. Overall, however, the Broncos were pleased enough with Prater’s performance that they want to keep him around, and the franchise tag for kickers makes keeping him around affordable.

15 responses to “Franchise tag may be coming for Broncos’ Matt Prater

  1. “Prater got a lot of credit…”

    Uh no he didn’t. Tebow pretty much got all of the credit, even for the defense.

  2. Franchising the kicker? Why don’t they just frickin sign him long term. He’s one of the best kickers in the game.

  3. Praters’ misses were mostly inconsequential, his big hits were game winners. He’s our kicker and deserves a long term deal.

  4. joetoronto says:
    Feb 14, 2012 11:53 AM
    The only other time I remember hearing of a kicker being franchised before was when the Bungals did it.

    Patriots did it to Vinatieri in ’02

  5. beretta96d says:
    Feb 14, 2012 12:28 PM
    joetoronto says:
    Feb 14, 2012 11:53 AM
    The only other time I remember hearing of a kicker being franchised before was when the Bungals did it.

    Patriots did it to Vinatieri in ’02

    Ditto Michael Koenen (punter) by Atlanta in ’09

  6. joetoronto says: Feb 14, 2012 11:53 AM

    The only other time I remember hearing of a kicker being franchised before was when the Bungals did it.
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    Hey DB, didn’t that pathetic excuse of a franchise you root for take a kicker in the 1st round of the draft?

  7. Prater hit the big ones in the big situations, plain and simple. No problem franchising him. Would love to see him and Colquitt signed to long term deals, but keeping him around in any fashion is a wise decision.

  8. spellingcops says: Feb 14, 2012 1:38 PM

    joetoronto says: Feb 14, 2012 11:53 AM

    The only other time I remember hearing of a kicker being franchised before was when the Bungals did it.
    —————————————————–
    Hey DB, didn’t that pathetic excuse of a franchise you root for take a kicker in the 1st round of the draft?
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    That’s right, punk. They didn’t franchise him though, so you’re out of order.

  9. capslockkey says:
    Feb 14, 2012 10:52 AM
    “Prater got a lot of credit…”

    Uh no he didn’t. Tebow pretty much got all of the credit, even for the defense.
    —————————————-

    The only thing talked more about than Tebow, is how Tebow is getting all the credit for Prater and the defense.

    It’s really ironic, and annoying.

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