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Kicker Jason Hanson is planning to return for another season, assuming he is able to work out a new deal with the Detroit Lions.
It looks as though the Detroit Lions will be able to put off their search for a new kicker for at least one more year. I say that because kicker Jason Hanson is planning to return for another season in the NFL, according to USA Today's Mike Garafolo.
Lions K Jason Hanson has decided to return for another season, provided he can work out a deal with Detroit.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2013
As the tweet above mentions, Hanson's return is contingent on a new deal being worked out with the Lions. Based on what Hanson said at the end of last season, I can't imagine money or the length of a contract would get in the way of negotiations on a new deal, so I fully expect Hanson to be re-signed here shortly. The main thing to take away from the tweet is that Hanson doesn't have any interest in playing somewhere other than Detroit.
Once Hanson does re-sign, he will officially be set to return for his 22nd season in the NFL. He will be 43 by the time the start of the 2013 season arrives, and this could very well be his final season in the league. That's not to say it will for sure be Hanson's last ride, but his career is starting to wind down. Hopefully the Lions will be able to send him out on a positive note whenever he does decide to step away from the game.