For the first time in 22 seasons, the Detroit Lions will have someone else kicking their field goals.
Thursday veteran place kicker Jason Hanson announced his retirement after 21-years in Detroit. Hanson’s retirement more than likely comes on the heels of the organization and himself being unable to come to terms on a new contract for the 2013 season. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions gave Hanson a take it or leave it offer earlier in the month for an estimated $1 million dollars. Salary wise it’s assumed that number is based off 38-year old Phil Dawson’s most recent contract with the 49ers for $2.35 million. Hanson also mentioned he had no desire to kick for another team.
Detroit certainly got their money’s worth though for their veteran kicker.
Originally a second-round draft pick back in 1992, Hanson currently holds NFL records for most 50-yard field goals (52) and games played with one team (327). In addition Hanson also ranks third in the NFL for mo...