It's officially time to pull the plug on the Nate Freese experiment. Actually, it was probably time a week ago, but after Freese missed a 41-yard field goal on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, there's no reason to expect that the Detroit Lions will keep him as their kicker going forward. He's not even coming close to getting the job done, and Jim Caldwell seems to be running out of patience:
Caldwell on Kicking situation: "We have to evaluate it." I expect a move this week.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 21, 2014
Following Sunday's game, Martin Mayhew offered up a "no comment" to the media when asked about Freese and the situation at kicker. A "no comment" from Mayhew is not surprising, of course, but it's clear at this point that the Lions have to move on and make a change at kicker.
Assuming Freese is released in the next few days, who will the Lions likely replace him with? Last week, they worked out Rob Bironas, Alex Henery and Garrett Hartley. Bironas seemed like the best option on paper based on his career numbers, but he tragically died in a car accident on Saturday night. At this point, Henery seems like the favorite, but perhaps the Lions will host another round of tryouts before making a change.