Matt Prater K DET Jun 15 '12

The Broncos and franchise player K Matt Prater are "not far apart" on a long-term contract.

The organization's latest proposal would pay Prater more than $3 million per season, which would bring him in line with the top handful of kickers in the NFL. The sides have until July 16 to strike a deal, or Prater will play under the $2.64 million franchise tag.

Matt Prater K DET Jun 12 '12

Unsigned Broncos' franchise player K Matt Prater is not expected to attend this week's minicamp.

Unlike Maurice Jones-Drew, Prater can't be fined for not attending the mandatory workouts since he isn't under contract. The sides are working on a five-year deal, and should reach an agreement before the July 16 deadline.

Matt Prater K DET Jun 07 '12

The Broncos are working on a five-year contract extension with unsigned franchise player K Matt Prater.

If no long-term agreement is reached, Prater will be forced to play out the season for $2.6 million. According to the Denver Post, the extension figures to average more than $3 million per season. The two sides are reportedly close enough that Prater could be signed in time to participate in next week's mandatory minicamp.

Matt Prater K DET Jun 02 '12

The Broncos are making progress on a long-term deal with unsigned franchise player K Matt Prater.

Prater has been skipping offseason activities, but sounds like he'll be under contract by June's minicamp. If no long-term deal is reached by the July 16 deadline, Prater will be guaranteed $2.6 million under the franchise tag.

Matt Prater K DET May 15 '12

Unsigned franchise player Matt Prater is sitting out offseason workouts.

As is disgruntled DT Ty Warren, whom the Broncos want to take a pay cut. Unlike Warren, Prater isn't under contract and therefore not required to attend OTAs and minicamps. "There's no message. It's voluntary," his agent said.

Matt Prater K DET Mar 05 '12

Broncos assigned the franchise tag to K Matt Prater.

The move guarantees Prater roughly $2.6 million. He joins Cleveland's Phil Dawson and Cincinnati's Mike Nugent as kickers to be tagged. Jacksonville's Josh Scobee and Tampa Bay's Connor Barth are strong candidates to join them ahead of Monday's 4PM ET deadline. Prater converted four "walkoff" field-goals in 2011, and led the NFL in touchback percentage. Since 2008, he is 12-of-16 on field-goal attempts of 50 yards or longer.

Matt Prater K DET Feb 15 '12

Broncos VP of Football Operations John Elway said Wednesday that his preference is to keep free agent K Matt Prater with a long-term deal rather than the franchise tag.

"We don't want to use it," Elway said of the tag. "We'd like to get a deal done." Behind Willis McGahee and Demaryius Thomas, Prater was perhaps the Broncos' most valuable offensive player in 2011. He turns 28 before the season.

Matt Prater K DET Feb 14 '12

The Denver Post believes free agent K Matt Prater is the Broncos' "strongest candidate" for the franchise tag.

This jibes with a January report that the Broncos were going to be "relatively aggressive" in re-singing their kicker. Prater would stand to make roughly $2.6 million under the franchise tag after converting four "walkoff" field-goal attempts and leading the NFL in touchback percentage in 2011.

Matt Prater K DET Jan 25 '12

The Broncos are expected to be "relatively aggressive" in bringing back free agent K Matt Prater.

Prater was scattershot on field goals between 40 and 49 yards, but he was money from over 50 yards. More importantly, no kicker had a better percentage of kickoffs not returned than Prater's 72.5. According to Pro Football Focus, only David Akers was more valuable as a complete package.

Matt Prater K DET Aug 12 '11

Broncos K Matt Prater was arrested last week for drunken driving.

The arrest took place on August 2 in Greenwood Village, and he was also charged with fleeing the scene. Prater has no previous run-ins with the law as an NFL player that we're aware of, so he should be able to avoid league discipline.