Report: Broncos Release Matt Prater

This has to qualify as a somewhat surprising move. Fresh off his four-game suspension for violating NFL’s substance abuse policy, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater is reportedly being released by the team.

Prater has been with the team for eight seasons and led the NFL in both field goal percentage as well as extra-points made last year.

It’s a surprising move for a team that has relied a great deal on Prater’s leg over the course of the past few seasons. Second-year player Brandon McManus will replace Prater on a full-time basis for the Broncos moving forward this year.

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