We’re drawing closer to the deadline for using the franchise tag and, as Florio reported last week, it looks like Denver will use theirs before it passes.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Broncos will tag kicker Matt Prater on Monday. If Prater signs the tender, he’ll remain with the Broncos for somewhere around $2.6 million. He’ll join Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent and Cleveland’s Phil Dawson as franchised kickers with tags also possible for Connor Barth of the Buccaneers and Josh Scobee of the Jaguars before the day is out.
Prater has made more than 80 percent of his field goals since coming to Denver in 2007, including 65 percent of kicks from 40 or more yards. In 2011, he made 76 percent of his tries and 3-of-4 from 50 yards and beyond.