Broncos sign kicker Matt Prater to a four-year deal

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: Place kicker Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos hits a 59-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to tie the game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos have signed Kicker Matt Prater to a new four year contract, John Elway announced. Prater was Franchised this offseason, and was set to earn 2.66 million dollars. Prater kicked 4 game winning kicks last offseason, which helped the Broncos to their 8-8 record and playoff birth.

"It’s something I’ve been working for since I was a little kid," Prater said. "I’m super excited and very thankful to Mr. Bowlen, Mr. Elway, and the entire organization."

Prater who led the team with 87 points and had four game-winning kicks on the last play of the game in 2011 tied for the second most in a season in NFL history. Prater also converted 19-25 Field Goals and a perfect 30-30 on extra point kicks in 2011. Praters three overtime field goals tied for the most in NFL history for a single season and his overtime kicks, (52 yds. against Miami and 51 yds. against the Bears) tie for the third and fifth-longest overtime field goals in NFL history. The 5th year kicker has made 91 -116 field goals (78.4 pct.) in his career along with 130-132 PAT attempts for 403 total points. Prater ranks second in the league with 114 touchbacks on kickoffs since 2008.

"I can’t even put into words how I feel right now – how excited and thankful I am," Prater said. "We have a great group of guys from top to bottom from the head coach down so it’s going to be a lot of fun."

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