Yesterday saw the official return of punter Sam Martin from the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list.
Today brings more news on the special teams front for the Detroit Lions.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Lions and kicker Matt Prater have agreed to a three-year, $11.4 million contract extension:
#Lions are signing Pro Bowl K Matt Prater to a 3-year extension worth $11.4M, source said, with a max of $12.15M. Locked up. #kickernews— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2017
As Rapoport mentions, Prater’s deal could earn him up to $12.15 million with incentives, but even without that extra money, this deal makes Prater one of the NFL’s richest kickers.
For Detroit, this deal to extend Prater is money well spent.
Since joining Detroit in 2014, Prater has been a point of stability for the Lions, and one of the best kickers in the league from 50 yards and out. Currently in his fourth season with the team, Prater has made 84 of 98 field goals (85.7 percent)—including 19 of 24 from 50 or more yards (79.2 percent).