Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos kicks the game winning field goal in overtime against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos and kicker Matt Prater avoided a contract dispute by reaching a four-year deal on Monday.
The Denver Broncos and kicker Matt Prater have agreed to a new four-year contract on Monday, just a few weeks away from the start of training camp on July 26. Team vice president John Elway made the announcement first on Twitter:
Happy to announce we have signed kicker Matt Prater to a new four-year deal. ...— John Elway (@johnelway) July 2, 2012
Financial terms of the deal are not yet known, but it is likely that he will make around $3 million per year, which were the last reported financial terms from the team.
The Broncos had until a July 16 deadline to reach a long-term deal; otherwise, Prater would have played this coming season under the terms of his one-year franchise tender of $2.654 million.
Prater was 19-of-25 on field goals this season, and he came up clutch during the Tebow Time stretch in November and early December. With Peyton Manning under center this year, will we see Prater kick that many high-pressure field goals again?