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Lions set to sign kicker Matt Prater

Lions set to sign kicker Matt Prater

Veteran placekicker Matt Prater, released by the Denver Broncos last week, signed with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.

According to multiple media reports, Prater landed a one-year contract. He won a free agent competition Tuesday in Allen Park, Mich., where the Lions also tried out former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth and former Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely.

From 1980 to 2012, a 33-season stretch, the Lions had only two kickers, Eddie Murray and Jason Hanson. Prater is set to become Detroit's third kicker of the season.

Rookie Nate Freese made just three of seven field-goal attempts through the first three weeks. Veteran Alex Henery replaced Freese and...