It appears Jason Hanson will return for his 22nd season with the Lions.
Hanson has made the decision that he wants to continue to play according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.
Hanson had been uncertain about whether he would retire or return. On Feb. 16, he said he and his wife were praying for the right answer and he would have a decision within weeks.
The veteran kicker has not agreed to a contract with the Lions, but that should not be a huge roadblock. He made $2.55 million last year but will likely sign for less.
At the end of the season he said, “I’m not worried about salary, really. I mean, did that just get printed? They know that. Me coming back won’t be salary related ...’’
The 42-year-old kicker showed no signs of faltering last season when he connected on 32 of 36 field goal attempts for 88.9 percent which is higher than his career percentage of 82.4.
A 44-yard field goal in the season’s final game was his 188th at 40-plus yards which set an NFL record for most 40-plus field goals in NFL history. He also holds the record for most 50-plus yard field goals at 52.
His 134 points in 202 set a new franchise record, breaking his own record of 132 points scored in 1995.
Still it’s quite possible the Lions could bring in another kicker to compete with Hanson in training camp.