Allen Park, Mich.—The Detroit Lions announced today that they have re-signed LS Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract. Additional terms of his contract were not disclosed.
Muhlbach was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team last season and became the first-ever Lions specialist who did not kick, punt or return to play special teams in the Pro Bowl. Now in his 10th NFL season, Muhlbach has played in 132 career games and has recorded 32 special teams tackles.
In 2012, Muhlbach was instrumental in helping K Jason Hanson break the team’s all-time single-season scoring record, as he snapped for 32 field goals and 38 PATs. Muhlbach’s steady snaps aided Hanson as he connected on 18 40+-yard field goals, the second-highest single-season total in NFL history.
Since Muhlbach has snapped for Hanson on the field goal team in 2004, that unit’s accuracy has improved with the most significant increase coming on long-range field goals. Hanson’s field goal accuracy with Muhlbach as the snapper has increased 5.8 percent on overall attempts. That improvement is 12.7-percent for field goals of 40-49 yards, 14.2-percent for field goals 40+ yards and 19.4 percent for field goals of 50+ yards.
With Muhlbach snapping, Hanson is 59-of-73 (80.8 pct) on field goal attempts of 40-49 yards, 81-of-107 (75.7 pct) from 40+ yards and 25-of-37 (67.6 pct) on 50+-yard field goals.