Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions re-signed kicker Matt Prater to a three-year contract on Friday.

The Lions originally inked Prater during the 2014 season after he was released by the Denver Broncos following a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Detroit was in dire need of a kicker after Nate Freese and Alex Henery struggled during the first five games of the season.

An eight-year veteran, Prater played in 11 games last season with the Lions, connecting on 21-of-26 field goal attempts and all 21 point-after tries. For his career, he has hit 81.5 percent of his field goal attempts and 99.3 percent of his PATs.