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Report: Matt Prater 'likely' to get Broncos tag

Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:11 am
Britton Colquitt is VERY excited about Prater staying in Denver. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We spent an inordinate amount of time putting together a list of players likely to receive franchise tags this offseason earlier today and, of course, we forgot someone. But it wasn't necessarily an obvious name: the Broncos are reportedly "likely" to use their franchise tag on kicker Matt Prater.

That's according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, who writes that it "wouldn't be surprising" if the Broncos used their franchise tag on Prater in order to keep him from hitting the market and pay him a guaranteed salary of $2.6 million.

Prater was pretty stout in 2011, hitting 76 percent of his field goal attempts, including three of four from beyond 50 yards.

His accuracy inside the 40-49 yard range -- just three of seven -- left something to be desired. But his big leg saved the Broncos more than once and he helped get Tim Tebow's legacy really cranked up. (Don't worry: the Big Guy gives it up for Prater.)

If the Broncos franchise Prater, it'll be the first time they've used the tag on a kicker in 10 years, as they hit Jason Elam with the franchise tag in 2002.

And lest you think that franchise-tagging a kicker signifies a team on the decline, the Broncos actually made the playoffs in 2003, 2004 and 2005

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:54 pm

Report: Matt Prater 'likely' to get Broncos tag

I love how kickers always know way before everyone else whether or not they made the kick.  This picture cracks me up.  It also works in reverse--- when they miss one they've already got their head down walking off the field before the ball reaches the endzone.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:14 pm

Report: Matt Prater 'likely' to get Broncos tag

elway was a fraud and so is this denver team. without a stout defense this team finishes 6-10. they have many issues to address and IF tebow(and we all know he isnt)isnt the answer they better find a qb in this years draft. maybe they can now trade prateur for 2 firsts and a second and begin rebuilding!

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:42 pm

Report: Matt Prater 'likely' to get Broncos tag

I agree, but when hes your best offensive weapon i guess u have to sign him. Just says alot about that team. Elway has no idea what hes doing in denver, tebow or not that team sucks balls. Elway was a average qb at best in my opinion, he only won when he had Davis as the back, before that he was so so in the playoffs. 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:06 pm

Report: Matt Prater 'likely' to get Broncos tag

Putting the "Tag" on a kicker is laughable.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:40 am

I thought you could only use your Franchise tag..

...on a football player?

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