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Detroit Lions, Don Muhlbach agree to terms on one-year deal

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Long snapper Don Muhlbach has spent his entire nine-year career with the Lions, earning his first Pro Bowl nod last season

The Lions are two-thirds of the way to fielding a specialty unit with the news Thursday that Pro Bowl long snapper Don Muhlbach has agreed to terms on a new one-year contract.

The team signed punter Blake Clingan earlier this month. The only thing remaining is a kickerJason Hanson or other.

Muhlbach, 31, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Lions and earned his first Pro Bowl nod last season, when he was picked by Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy to represent the NFC team.

With Muhlbach snapping, Hanson is 59-of-73 (80.8 percent) on field goal attempts of 40-49 yards, 81-of-107 (75.7) from 40 yards and 25-of-37 (67.6) on 50 -yard field goals.

"Don is a huge part of my success and a significant part of our kicking game," Hanson said when Muhlbach was named to the Pro Bowl. "He is as accurate and consistent as there is in the league.

"With the field goal process, it all starts with him. He works hard and takes great pride in what he does."