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Published on 06/02/2012 at Sat Jun 02 13:39.
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Matt Prater celebrates

Prater nails another game-winner in 2011. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos‘ first mandatory mini-camp is less than two weeks away, meaning the clock is ticking for Matt Prater‘s decision: to hold out, or not to hold out.

Maybe he won’t have to decide at all. Klis reports

The Broncos have made progress in recent days with Prater on a five-year deal. The team tendered him a 2012 salary of $2.6 million through the franchise tag. Both sides hope a long-term deal is reached in time for Prater to join the Broncos at their mandatory minicamp June 12-14.

The Broncos and Prater were reportedly “far apart” on contract negotiations a few weeks ago, so this is an encouraging development. With five game-winning or game-tying field goals last year alone, the Broncos want to lean on Prater’s leg for the next five years, should the need arise.

  • Tim Lynch

    That included a 59 yard game tying FG as time expired and two 50+ game winning field goals.  Pay the man.   Our next Jason Elam for 15 years.

  • Big_Pete

    I know it’s popular to say that the NFL is a game of QBs, but really, it’s a game of kickers. Yes, you need the team to play good/great, but I’ve seen more games come down to a game winning kick than a game winning TD drive.

    How many wins do we have last year without Prater? How many this year? Unless we are blowing teams out by halftime like we did in 1998, Prater will be almost as important as Manning.

    We’re willing to pay $20 million for a guy that our front office thinks can win us games… How about we make the man that we KNOW will win us games one of the highest paid players at his position.

    Go Broncos!!!

  • TD30isMVP

    This is one of those deals where he is worth more to us than the rest of the league. He and his agent wanted paid like he was the best and the front office wants to be fiscally responsible, the deal will get done he will get paid.

  • dogheadbrew

    Why is this so hard? Pay the guy.  He did everything asked of him to this point.  A good (to great) kicker is dollar-for-dollar as effective a weapon as any team can have.  AND very few kickers are one-year-wonder/flash-in-the-pan players.  Accurate ones are generally accurate for a long time.

    Pay him.  Go on with life.  Win games.