Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 5/15/12

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.


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