When the Detroit Lions opened last season’s training camp, the identity of their next placekicker was a mystery.
Last season the Lions did not have such goal posts for practice, but thanks to Prater’s suggestion, the team has them now.
Prater has signed a three-year, $9 million deal with Detroit, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
“Now I feel like I owe them,” Prater added, “so I want to stay here as long as I can.”
Prater, the third kicker for the Lions this season, will debut with the team on the road Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
“We have people in the building that have gone through similar issues and problems that we think have a lot in common with him in terms of being able to give him a support system,” Caldwell said.
“You’ve never heard me ever use the term ‘decoy,'” Caldwell said.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell would not provide specifics about his hour-long talk with Matt Prater, but he said he believes in second chances.
Prater made 25 of 26 attempts with the Denver Broncos last season, but the team cut him right before he finished his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Caldwell said there is someone out there who is right for the team; the Lions just need to track him down.