ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – While Tim Tebow may get all of the glory, placekicker Matt Prater’s role in the Denver Broncos‘ 2011 playoff run was equally as important.
On Monday, the Broncos placed a franchise tag on Prater, ensuring he will remain a Bronco in 2012. His salary is estimated to be $2.6 million – a healthy raise from the $1.83 million he earned in 2011.
“He is a very talented kicker and an important part of our team. This gives us the ability to continue working on a long-term agreement with Matt,” said Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway.
Last season, Prater kicked four game-winning field goals and led the league in touchback percentage (70.1%).
Overall, he converted 19 of 25 field goal attempts and was 4-4 in both playoff games.