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Franchise tag may be coming for Broncos’ Matt Prater

Denver Broncos kicker Prater celebrates after he kicked the game tying field goal in regulation against the Chicago Bears in their NFL football game in Denver 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.

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15 Responses to “Franchise tag may be coming for Broncos’ Matt Prater”
  1. cakemixa says: Feb 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    Tebow should give this guy half his salary for making Tebow look better than he was.

  2. 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.

  3. smartbutlazy says: Feb 14, 2012 10:58 AM

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

  4. hjworton46 says: Feb 14, 2012 11:04 AM

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

  5. daknight93 says: Feb 14, 2012 11:49 AM

    doesn’t seem logic sense to franchise a kicker…better off signing him to a long term deal…

  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.

  7. 33rdasylum says: Feb 14, 2012 12:25 PM

    A dependable kicking game is only a big deal if you don’t have one.

  8. 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

  9. vipod4ever says: Feb 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    I’d sooner franchise the “Hot Dog Stand” at the stadium then any kicker.

  10. crucifixkiss says: Feb 14, 2012 1:37 PM

    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

  11. 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?

  12. rando74 says: Feb 14, 2012 4:14 PM

    Look this kid may miss some, but he NAILS the big ones. 61 and 59 right down the pipe when it mattered. Franchise him. All good for us.

  13. milehigh11 says: Feb 14, 2012 4:17 PM

    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.

  14. joetoronto says: Feb 15, 2012 5:53 AM

    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?
    *************************************************
    That’s right, punk. They didn’t franchise him though, so you’re out of order.

  15. broncobeta says: Feb 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    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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