The Falcons announced they have locked up kicker Matt Bryant
to a contract extension
, per the team's official website. Bryant was due to become a unrestricted free agent on March 10 before signing a new deal. Last season, he converted 29 of 32 field goals, with an NFL-best seven kicks from 50-plus yards out. He will turn 40 in May.
The Raiders have added free-agent kicker Giorgio Tavecchio
to the roster for 2015, the team announced Tuesday in a press release.
Tavecchio played with Oakland in the preseason last year before being cut. He was claimed by the Lions, but never played.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters that he's scheduled to meet
with kicker Matt Prater
's representatives Friday night, per the team's official website.
"I'm meeting with his agent tonight, in fact," Mayhew said. "Frank Bauer and I are going to sit down tonight and talk about Matt's situation and I'm looking forward to that dialogue."
Prater was signed to a one-year deal after being cut by the Broncos on Oct. 3. He converted 21 of 26 field goals in 11 games for the Lions in 2014. Prater noted in January that he would like to return to Detroit in 2015.
The Saints have re-signed
kicker Shayne Graham
and outside linebacker Parys Haralson
to league minimum contracts for 2015, reports NOLA.com.
Graham, who is entering his 15th season in the league, will earn $970,000 and Haralson, entering his 10th season, will earn $870,000.
Graham went 19 of 22 on field goals in 2014 with a long of 50 yards and also went 46 of 47 on extra points. Haralson totaled 35 tackles for the Saints in 2014 with three sacks.
Eagles kicker Cody Parkey
will replace Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski
in Sunday's Pro Bowl, the team announced Monday
. Parkey went 32 of 36 on field goals in 2014, including 4 of 4 from 50 yards or longer.
He is the first undrafted rookie kicker to be named to the Pro Bowl since 1989 when Broncos kicker David Treadwell was named.