NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons have come to terms with free agent kicker Morten Andersen. Andersen served as the team’s replacement kicker after a rocky start for Michael Koenen last season. This season, new kicker Matt Prater has missed three of four field goal attempts through the first two games, including a 26-yarder on Sunday against the Jaguars.
Last season, Andersen connected on 20 of 23 field goal attempts in his bid to become the league’s all-time leading scorer.
Due to his age and lessening leg strength, the Falcons utilized Koenen, the team’s punter, on field goals of longer than 45 yards. It is unknown if that will be the case this season. Although it is likely that Koenen will return to kickoff duties, something that Prater had been handling this season.
It is not yet known if the Falcons released Prater to make room for Andersen.
The AJC had previously reported that the team had contacted the agent of kicker Billy Cundiff on Monday. Cundiff was released prior to the final preseason game in order for the team to make way for Prater.
UPDATE: The Falcons did release Matt Prater in order to make room on the roster for Andersen.