Denver Broncos Set To Use Franchise Tag On Kicker Matt Prater

In a dazzling display of what the franchise tag was designed to do best, the Denver Broncos will reportedly franchise their kicker -- yes, their kicker -- Matt Prater, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. While Prater is definitely a talented kicker who had a fine year for the Broncos last season, including a 59-yarder against the Chicago Bears and the NFL's best kickoff touchback rate, it's still a kicker.

The Broncos have done this before, ten years ago with Jason Elam. The decision will cost the Broncos around $2.6 million for the signing, but Prater said he's hoping to avoid the one-year deals and strike a long-term agreement.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes, "Prater said near season's end that after five seasons of kicking on year-to-year deals, he was hoping free agency would bring him the security of a long-term contract. And just because a player is franchised doesn't mean it can't be used as leverage to eventually negotiate a long-term deal."

The Broncos other franchise possibilities, according to Klis, include "defensive tackles Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas; defensive ends Jason Hunter and Derrick Harvey; linebackers Joe Mays, Mario Haggan and Wesley Woodyard; receiver Eddie Royal; safety Brian Dawkins; fullback Spencer Larsen; quarterback Brady Quinn; tight ends Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario; offensive linemen Russ Hochstein and Manny Ramirez; and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite."

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.