Matt Prater returns “focus on kicking” after signing contract with Denver Broncos

7/4/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Denver Broncos have come to a decision regarding Matt Prater’s contract, and the kicker will definitely be pleased with the 4-year contract that ensures a long-term future with the franchise.
 
“I can’t even put into words how I feel right now – how excited and thankful I am,” said Matt Prater. “I think it will make it easier just so I can really focus on just kicking and nothing else, nothing off the field or anything like that.”
 
Matt Prater is the seventh of twenty-one players who got long-term contracts this offseason after being franchise tagged.
 
“I think it will make it easier just so I can really focus on just kicking and nothing else, nothing off the field or anything like that,” stated Matt Prater.
 
The Denver Broncos owe four of their late game victories to Matt Prater, who is considered a clutch kicker by the team. Denver Bronco’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway disclosed the good news. John Elway called Matt Prater one of the league’s “elite kickers” and recognized the impact he had on the field and the radical development of his talents.
“Happy to announce we have signed kicker Matt Prater to a new four-year deal,” stated John Elway. “This was the final piece in setting our roster for camp, and we are thrilled Matt is going to be a Bronco for a long time.”
 
Matt Prater made late game-ending field goals in three consecutive weeks last season that led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, their first appearance since six seasons. Matt Prater made 76 percent of his kicks last season, which earned him the 28th spot in the league, and made three out of four kicks from beyond 50 yards. The sixth-year veteran kicker also ranked first in the league with a 70.1 touchback percentage, during which 47 out of 67 of his kicks were not returned.
 
“It’s something I’ve been working for since I was a little kid,” said Matt Prater. “I’m super excited and very thankful to Mr. Bowlen, Mr. Elway, and the entire organization.”
 
Matt Prater boasts the best field goal percentage in the league from 50 or more yards, for having connected on 12 out of 16 of his kicks last season.
 
The Denver Broncos acknowledged in a press release the value of Matt Prater to the team, who “made 28-of-29 (.966) fields goals attempted in the fourth quarter or overtime" throughout his NFL career.
 
Matt Prater made 91-out-of-116 field goal throughout his career including 130 out of 132 PAT attempts, totaling 403-points.
 
With contract issues settled, Matt Prater is happy to return to play alongside Denver Broncos holder Britton Colquitt and snapper Lonie Paxton.
 
“Those guys are the best in the business,” Matt Prater expressed about his two teammates. “I’m excited to get back and working with them.”
 
Matt Prater maintained contact with the two Denver Broncos players so it wouldn’t be to hard for him to snap back into routine this offseason.
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