Seahawks Sign Veteran Kicker as Insurance For Falcons Game
Heading into their playoff game Sunday in Atlanta, concerns about Seattle’s kicker Steven Hauschka caused the Seahawks to try out several veteran kickers Tuesday, signing Ryan Longwell after a workout at Seahawks headquarters.
ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Seahawks have signed former Vikings and Packers K Ryan Longwell. The 38-year-old Longwell beat out several kickers during a tryout on Tuesday, including 13-year veteran Neil Rackers.
The Seahawks were in need of a kicker after regular starter Hauschka injured his calf in Seattle’s 24-14 wild-card win over Washington. Coach Pete Carroll briefly addressed Hauschka’s injury during his press conference Monday, “We don’t know how significant it is,” Carroll said. “He feels better than he did Sunday.”
Longwell hasn’t kicked in the NFL since scoring seven points for the Vikings in Minnesota’s 2011 regular-season finale.
Before playing with the Vikings, Longwell spent nine seasons with Green Bay.
The Seahawks take on the Falcons Sunday morning with the broadcast starting at 8 a.m. on Newstalk KIT.