The Detroit Lions have reportedly found a solution to their kicking woes. According to ESPN, the Lions have signed former Denver Broncos K Matt Prater to a 1-year deal.
League source: #Lions expecting to sign ex-Broncos PK Matt Prater over Jay Feely. Detroit kickers have made league-low 33 pct FG
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 7, 2014
Former Broncos K Matt Prater is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2014
Prater was released by the Broncos last week, right towards the end of his 4-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He has said that the suspension was due to him drinking beer while vacationing at home. He has prior DUI’s that prevented him from drinking.
The Lions are a horrendous 4 for 12 on field goals this season and have gone through 2 kickers already.
Prater was originally signed out of college by the Lions back in 2006, but his chances of beating out veteran Jason Hanson for the job were slim. In 2013 he set a NFL record for the longest field goal kicked, a 64-yard FG against the Titans. Hopefully this will solve the Lions kicking issues.