You can get off the edge of your seat now.
Veteran long snapper Don Muhlbach has signed a one-year deal to return to the Detroit Lions for an 11th season. It’s worth $1.02 million with a $65,000 signing bonus.
It’s the third straight year the 33-year-old Muhlbach, who went to the Pro Bowl a year ago (see photo), has signed a one-year deal.
With rookie punter Sam Martin and new-to-Detroit kicker David Akers last season, Muhlbach was a settling influence.
"With Sam going into his second year it was also important to us to have that veteran leadership within that core group of specialists," special teams coordinator John Bonamego said on the team web site. “Because whoever our kicker ends up being is more than likely going to be a younger guy who's less experienced. You can't fabricate the experience, and in our league, that means something."
Akers will not return this season.
The Lions have two young kickers — John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio — signed to reserve/futures contracts. They’ll take a look at them this spring and see if one is ready.