ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WJBK/AP) - The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday they have signed kicker Matt Prater to a three-year extension.
Prater says it's a relief to get the deal done because the security allows him to continue to call Detroit home.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn says Prater has proven to be one of the NFL's best kickers since coming to Detroit three years ago.
Denver cut ties with Prater in 2014 just as he was about to come off a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program. He had a DUI arrest in 2011.
Prater says he does not drink anymore and has submitted weekly urine samples as part of the substance-abuse program for four-plus years.
Prater, 33, has been with the Lions since 2014 and has made 83.3% of his field goals this season and perfect under 50 yards. He has gone 4 of 6 over 50 yards including a 58 yard field goal. During his time with the Lions, the 11-year veteran has made 85.7% of his field goals and 95.4% of his extra points.
The Lions also announced they have signed WR Jace Billingsley to the active roster, QB Brad Kaaya to the practice squad and that tackle Corey Robinson, currently on Reserve/Injured, will practice today.
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