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It was something of a punchline among other NFL fans that the Cleveland Browns decided to use their franchise tag on Phil Dawson… last year. This year, when they did it again many scoffed again because the Browns seemingly didn’t have any “real football players” worth franchising. Even as a Cleveland fans who loves Phil Dawson, I kind of get it even if the truth is the Browns were able to lock up any worthwhile free agents other than maybe Peyton Hillis. Additionally, a kicker of Phil Dawson’s age (37) is probably best served with one-year deals as he approaches Jamie Moyer status.
Now Adam Schefter reports via Twitter that the Broncos have tagged their kicker Matt Prater.Broncos will use their franchise tag today on kicker Matt Prater. Suddenly the Browns aren’t alone and we have a trend, albeit a small one.
Prater is 27 years old and hit 76% of his kicks in 2011 including 3 of 4 from 50+ yards. The key stat for Prater is game-winning kicks. He hit one from 37 yards in San Diego in overtime. He hit two the following week to carry the Broncos to a 35-32 victory over Minnesota. Finally he smacked a 51 yarder as Tebow “led the team back” against the Bears.
For all of Tebow’s heroics this season, they would have been for nothing if Prater hadn’t been there to put them away. Now he will be paid pretty handsomely much like Phil Dawson last year and again for this upcoming season.
[For more on Phil Dawson, "Watching Playoff Football........ Again"]
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Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt in 2010 (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Confirming an earlier report, the Denver Broncos placed their franchise tag on kicker Matt Prater today, extending the would-be free agent’s contract through 2012.
“He is a very talented kicker and an important part of our team,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said in a statement...
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Well, as odd as it is, your wish has come true.
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The Denver Broncos have placed the franchise tag on Matt Prater, giving them the right to match any offer other teams might present to the kicker with one of the most powerful legs in NFL history.
Prater came up clutch for the Broncos down the stretch last season with four game-winning field goals. He had three straight weeks in which he kicked the winner on the game's final...
The Denver Broncos will use their franchise tag on kicker Matt Prater, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday, citing a league source.
Prater, 27, was responsible for four game-winning field goals on the last play of regulation to propel the Broncos to the AFC West title.
All told, Prater connected on 19 of 25 of his field-goal attempts and converted all 30 extra-point opportunities...
News travels fast on Twitter. Sometimes faster than the people in those news stories themselves.
Adam Schefter, who has more flies on more walls than anyone else in the NFL reporting game, tweeted this evening: "Buffalo Bills and WR Stevie Johnson are on the verge of a five-year contract that is likely to be completed in the next 24 hours." The usual influx of cCongratulatory...
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter, the Buffalo Bills and emerging star receiver Stevie Johnson are closing in a 5-year deal that is expected to be finalized within the next 24 hours.
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson agreed to a five-year deal on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, citing a league source.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the contract enables the Bills to avoid using the franchise tag on Johnson.
The 25-year-old Johnson had a team-leading 76 catches for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns to become the Bills' first receiver...
The Bills didn't disclose terms of the agreement, but a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Johnson received a five-year, $36.25 million deal that includes $19.5 million guaranteed and over $24 million in the contract's first three years.
The Browns search for a free agent wide receiver is suffering greatly in the lead-up to free agency. DeSean Jackson was franchised last week and according to Adam Schefter and ProFootballTalk Bills receiver Stevie Johnson won’t be available either signing for five years and $36.25 million.
Per Schefter, the contract guarantees Johnson $19.5 million and calls for Johnson to receive...
We already know that free agent receiver Randy Moss is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints today. Now it looks like he also has two other visits lined up, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Evan Silva.
At this point we don’t know who the two teams are that Moss will meet with. All we know is that they’re both scheduled for next week.
But it is clear that Moss...
Rest easy Bills fans, Stevie Johnson isn’t going anywhere. As I have been preaching for months now about him remaining a Bill, it looks as if it will become official tomorrow: Stevie Johnson will re-sign with Buffalo. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the contract is rumored to be for five-years. Johnson and the Bills have been meeting often over the past two weeks in hopes...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Evan Silva, it looks like wide receiver Marques Colston won’t be back with the New Orleans Saints in 2012.
“Somebody that looks like he’ll be moving on from N.O. … Colston looks like he will not return,” said Schefter per Silva.
Along with Vincent Jackson, Colston will be one of the most heavily pursued free agent receivers on the...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Houston Texans have signed running back Arian Foster to a five-year extension.
Foster will make a total of $43.5 million over five years, with $20.75 guaranteed, $40 million in the first three years of the contract and $18 million in 2012.
Foster tore apart the NFL in 2010 and quickly became one of the NFL premiere running backs. He had...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Tennessee Titans have officially placed their franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin.
This means cornerback Cortland Finnegan will become a free agent and likely sign elsewhere.