Lions offer contract to K Matt Prater

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has extended a contract offer to Matt Prater. After a whirlwind of dramatics going through two kickers in a matter of a few weeks at the start of the 2014 NFL season, the Detroit Lions handed the reins to Matt Prater to be the savior of their kicking struggles.

Prater started off rocky with the Lions, missing two field goals in his first game of the season, which came after he served a five-week suspension as a member of the Denver Broncos.

Prater shook off the tough start and went 22-for-25 in his final 11 games of the season. There was still some hesitation from the front office and fan base, but Prater solidified the kicker position for the Lions, and he made it clear after the season that he would like to stay in Detroit into the future.

 The status of the negotiation between the Lions and Prater is up in the air, but something could be finalized in the coming days.

It is vital for the Lions to re-sign Prater or find a reliable kicker that will help them win games and not cost the team games. Mayhew and the Lions front office are extremely optimistic that Prater will be back next year for the the 2015 season.

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