Jason Hanson wants to keep kicking in 2013, but he and the Lions haven’t been able to come to an agreement on a contract yet.
Lions president Tom Lewand said Tuesday that the two sides have been talking and that the team was waiting to hear back from the kicker’s camp about their offer. Based on what Hanson’s agent Jack Mills told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lewand and the Lions aren’t going to get an affirmative response.
“We don’t feel like there’s any urgency and at this time we don’t have anything on the table that would be acceptable,” Mills said.
Lewand also said that the salary cap system doesn’t have much place for sentimentality, which suggests that the Lions, who don’t have another kicker on the roster, have a price in mind for the kicker and are willing to go elsewhere if Hanson has a different take on his value. There’s plenty of time for the two sides to work things out, although it’s clearly going to be a bit more involved than Hanson simply returning for a 22nd season in Detroit because he wants to return for a 22nd season in Detroit.