Longtime Detroit Lions Kicker Matt Prater Inks With The Arizona Cardinals

The Detroit Lions will have to look for a new kicker this offseason, as their longtime kicker Matt Prater has just inked a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

After seven seasons with the team, Prater has seen it all in Detroit.

The 36-year-old had an awful 2020 campaign. He missed seven field goals and three extra points during the season. He did, however, make six field goals from 50 yards or more.

Prater is now the all-time leader in 50-yard field goals, including a 54-yard field goal in the team’s season finale.

The Lions were able to convince Prater to come to Detroit in 2014 after he played eight seasons with the Denver Broncos.

With the Cardinals, Prater will reunite with Jeff Rodgers, who was his former special teams coach with the Broncos.

Where the Lions turn to next in terms of kickers is anyone’s guess. They have one kicker on the roster right now, Matthew Wright, whom they added to the roster on a futures contract in January.

Wright is the all-time leading scorer at University of Central Florida. He also spent time with the Steelers and played briefly in the XFL for the Tampa Bay Vipers.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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