Matt Prater K DET Nov 26 '77

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 Nov 24 '77

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 Nov 04 '77

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 May 22 '77

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.

Matt Prater K DET May 08 '77

Broncos re-signed K Matt Prater to a one-year contract.

Prater has missed only seven of his 53 field goal attempts over the past two seasons. Unfortunately, the Broncos' new conservative offensive philosophy will likely prevent Prater from doing much damage in fantasy leagues this year.

Matt Prater K DET Mar 31 '77

Free agent K Matt Prater is interested in re-signing with the Broncos.

Prater is one of the four-year veterans expected to be declared unrestricted once the CBA is finalized. With a booming leg and increasing accuracy, Prater has been one of the most valuable kickers in the league the past two seasons.