Originally Posted by Beantown Bronco
Prater just signed a "big" extension last year. They're not going to cut him after one year. It would cost them more to cut him than keep him ($3.3 mil cap hit if he plays, over $3.5 if they cut him), plus they'd have to pay his replacement on top of that.
Draft a rookie kicker in a late round and pay him minimal scratch. Certainly a lot better than losing in the playoffs because your kicker kicks the ground instead of the ball.