The Detroit Lions have re-signed Don Muhlbach, their only free agent that went to the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season.
What does it take to get selected to the Pro Bowl as a long snapper? Going through an entire season unnoticed is a good start. That’s exactly what Don Muhlbach did last season and he got a free trip to Hawaii as a result.
A long snapper might sounds like a throwaway position on an NFL roster but Muhlbach is one of the best. Tim Twentyman broke down just how good Jason Hanson has been on kicks following a Muhlbach snap with this tweet:
With Muhlbach snapping, Hanson is 59-of-73 (80.8 pct) on FGs of 40-49 yards, 81-of-107 (75.7 pct) from 40+ and 25-of-37 (67.6 pct) on 50+”
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 14, 2013
Hanson is still kicking well despite being the oldest player in the league. He converted on a higher percentage of field goals last season than his career average and the solid snapping of Muhlbach plays a part in that success.
This isn’t a signing that will move the needle for the Lions on or off the field like Reggie Bush did yesterday, but this is a solid and necessary move just the same.