So is Rayner on track to become simply an insurance policy the Lions didn’t need to make a claim on? Not necessarily. Martin Mayhew has shown himself to be something of a magician and the kicker situation might give him another chance to prove it.
Trading kickers isn’t possible in the Madden video games but that doesn’t mean it can’t happened in real life.
The Miami Dolphins traded Olindo Mare to the New Orleans Saints for a sixth round pick prior to the 2007 NFL draft. Later that spring, the Kansas City Chiefs traded Lawrence Tynes to the New York Giants for a conditional draft pick that turned out to be a seventh rounder in 2008.
Kickers and late round picks might be afterthoughts to many fans but keep in mind that the Lions sent similar picks to the 49ers and Falcons for Shaun Hill and Chris Houston respectively. It will likely take another team getting desperate but Rayner seems to have found the consistency that was a problem for him early in his career. The chances of getting something in return for Rayner might be low, but it wouldn’t be unprecedented.