Already the oldest player in the NFL, Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson will be returning next season according to a report from USA Today’s Mike Garafolo.
Lions K Jason Hanson has decided to return for another season, provided he can work out a deal with Detroit.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2013
While Mike Garafolo’s tweet comes with the caveat of being able to work out a deal, that isn’t expected to be a problem. Jason Hanson was never going to get involved in a bidding war at the end of his career. He stated consistently that if he was going to kick in 2013, he would do so for the Detroit Lions.
From the Lions side, bringing Hanson back is a no-brainer. Kicking is about power and accuracy and Hanson still has both. He finished 2012 with two field goals in only three attempts from 50 yards and more and made 32 of his 36 total field goal attempts. That’s good enough for a 88.9% accuracy rate, better than his career average of 82.4%.
Combined with Eddie Murray, the Lions have had just two primary kickers since 1980. Hanson is the Lions’ last remaining link to the Barry Sanders-era, while Charlie Batch is the only other active NFL player to have played with Sanders.