7:16pm: Prater is indeed signing a one-year deal with the Lions, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter).
6:19pm: The Lions are expecting to sign ex-Broncos place kicker Matt Prater over Jay Feely, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Connor Barth was also among those in consideration but it sounds like he’ll continue to seek employment.
Not long ago, Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News tweeted that Prater’s tryout had yet to get underway and it was increasingly likely that the Lions would wait until tomorrow morning to make a call. Last season Prater was rock solid for the Broncos, nailing 25 of his 26 field goal tries, including a record 64 yard three-pointer against the Titans in December. During his time in Denver, Prater converted 82.9% of field goals. The kicker was suspended for the first four games of 2014 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and by the time he was eligible to return, his job was given to Brandon McManus.
The Lions are desperate for a reliable foot after watching Nate Freese and Alex Henery combine for a 33% field goal percentage. For what it’s worth, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (on Twitter) spoke with Feely, who says that he hasn’t heard one way or another on the Lions job.
Earlier this week, our own Dallas Robinson looked at Prater’s market and noted Detroit as an obvious fit.