Broncos Release Record-Setting Kicker

Broncos Release Record-Setting Kicker

Matt Prater set an NFL record by booting a 64-yard field goal last season. He looks for a new gig today.

The Broncos released the 30-year-old kicker just as his four-game suspension expired. The league sidelined the kicker for alcohol use three years after a DUI arrest put him in the league’s substance-abuse program. 

Breitbart Sports sat down with Prater during Super Bowl week. “I knew I could make it,” he said of his record-setting kick. “It was a cold day. So I didn’t know if it was going to get there or not just because it was so cold. But once I hit it I felt that I hit it pretty good.”

Less than a year later, the Broncos have moved on. “Parting ways with Matt Prater–the longest-tenured player on our roster–was a very difficult football decision,” Elway said. “On behalf of our entire organization, I want to thank Matt for his seven seasons with the Broncos and wish him well going forward.” Rookie Brandon McManus, carrying a lighter hit against the salary cap, replaces Prater. 

“There’s such a high success rate,” Prater told Breitbart Sports about kicking. “Everyone takes it for granted.”

Nothing that happened Friday would make the veteran kicker rethink those words.