Young kickers suck?
Don't they all start out as young kickers?
What would that matter to us?
We could bring in some young legs and see what we can find, it's not like he's going to make a difference this year
Sure they can cut him next year, but the idea is to use up this years cap to pay off bad contracts, not create more
Sure they do. And most of them suck into they have years in the league. Especially with consistency.
It's why I was never against holding onto Zane Gonzalez. For a young kicker he was fine. Most don't hit their stride until 28/29. When Gonzalez left and we signed Prater most people were happy to see him go.
Prater himself had 3 teams his rookie year and was a below average kicker until he was 26 and wasn't recognised as one of the better ones in the league until 29.
There are very few kickers under 30 better than Prater. Carlson, Koo, Bass are probably it.
The other problem is there are no good young kicker FA's and you don;t want to go into the draft needing a kicker. But I wouldn't be surprised to see them pick up a UDFA to add to the practice squad.