According to a report by Click on Detroit’s Rob Parker, former Lions kicker Jason Hanson reached out to the team and offered to come out of retirement, amid Detroit’s kicking woes this season.
The report states that Lions GM Martin Mayhew told the 44-year old Hanson thanks, but no thanks. Saying that he was worried Hanson would get hurt. Mayhew wouldn’t comment on the subject when asked about it on Thursday.
The Lions are on their 3rd kicker this season, after Alex Henery and Nate Freese were released. They signed Matt Prater on Tuesday after he was released from the Denver Broncos.
If the report is correct and it’s true that the Lions denied Hanson even a chance to come back, it’s pretty embarrassing. Let’s be real, Matt Prater is probably a better kicker now. But Hanson was clearly putting himself out there and willing to do whatever he could to help the team. This town loves Hanson and the Lions should have had a little more respect for him than telling him no because he’d get hurt. Just be honest and admit that you just signed a new kicker, and you’d keep it touch! Not really that hard.
Would you like to have seen Hanson play for the Lions this season?