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Published on 05/15/2012 at Tue May 15 14:36.
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Matt Prater

Prater kicked four game-winning field goals for the Broncos in 2011. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater is not participating in the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.

Prater, who was designated with the Broncos’ franchise tag, has yet to sign his one-year, $2.5 million tender. The Broncos offered Prater a five-year deal before the free agency period began, Klis reports, but the dollar amounts were “well short” of what Prater and his agent were expecting.

Prater and his agent say money isn’t a factor. “There’s no message, it’s voluntary,” Prater’s agent said.

Money isn’t really the factor, it’s just that working out at Dove Valley makes no sense for Prater. Since he’s not under contract, he’d need to sign a waiver to work out at Broncos facilities at all. Franchise players rarely do this, so this really comes as no surprise, and we expect he’ll show up once he signs his franchise tender.

Now if he misses mandatory OTA’s next month or training camp, THAT will be cause for concern.

  • Jon

    He’s one of the best in the game and wants to be paid like it. 

  • Kyle Montgomery

    He’s been up-and-down in his career but had a killer 2011. Hope Broncos keep him.

  • Mike Birtwistle

    He should do everything he can to get paid NOW.  Who thinks he’s going to have to nail two 50+ yard field goals to win a game the Broncos should’ve lost this year?

    With PMFM, he may be lucky if he gets one or two field goal attempts at all this year!

  • Anonymous

    Peyton Manning when asked about the situation said “we’re talking about our idiot kicker he got all liquored up and was shooting off his mouth”. A call to his agent has not been returned.