BY SPNW Staff 08:25AM 03/17/2014

Seahawks, Hauschka Agree On $9.15 Million

Steven Hauschka’s deal included a $3.35 million guarantee, a worthy stipend for one of the NFL’s most reliable kickers.

Stephen Hauschka and his wife sign his new contract at team headquarters in Renton. / Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks, bloodied in free agency with the loss of nine players, including seven from the NFL’s top-ranked defense, agreed to terms Monday with placekicker Steve Hauschka on a three-year deal worth $9.15 million, of which $3.35 million is guaranteed. The news was first reported by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on his Twitter account.

Hauschka, who made a reported $780,000 last year, was nearly automatic during the Super Bowl run, hitting 33 of 35 field goals (one was blocked) during the regular season and all six during the playoffs. Hauschka also went 44-for-44 on extra points.

The Seahawks claimed Hauschka, who kicked collegiately at North Carolina State, off waivers from Denver Sept. 4, 2011. In three seasons, Hauschka has made 82 of 92 field-goal attempts and 124 of 126 extra points. Last season, Hauschka scored 143 points, most in franchise history by a kicker (Shaun Alexander holds the overall mark with 186 points in 2005).

The Seahawks spent part of Sunday hosting veteran pass rusher Jared Allen, but no deal is imminent. Allen, who will visit with the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, has averaged 13 sacks per season over the course of his 10-year career.

The Seahawks built the NFL’s best defense in part by signing impact defensive linemen to short, team-friendly contracts. But Allen is seeking a long-term deal and has said he will retire if he doesn’t receive the money he wants.

Seahawks Free Agent Tracker

Date Player Action Skinny
3/7 OL L. Jeanpierre Re-signed 16 games, 3 starts
3/7 S Jeron Johnson Re-signed Joined as undrafted FA in 2011
3/10 DE Michael Bennett Re-signed 4 years, $16M guaranteed
3/11 TE Anthony McCoy Re-signed Didn’t play in ’13 (Achilles injury)
3/11 DT C. McDonald Signed-TB 4 years, $12 million
3/11 LB O. Schofield Signed-NYG (voided) 2 years, $8 million
3/12 S Chris Maragos Signed-PHI 3 years, $1M guaranteed
3/12 WR Golden Tate Signed-DET 5 years, $13M guaranteed
3/12 DT Tony McDaniel Re-signed 2 years, $6.3 million
3/12 RT Breno Giacomini Signed-NYJ 4 years, $18 million
3/13 QB Tarvaris Jackson Re-signed Played 3 games in 2013
3/14 CB Brandon Browner Signed-NE 3 years, $17 million
3/15 CB Walter Thurmond Signed-NYG 1 year, $3.5 million
3/17 K Steven Hauschka Re-signed 3 years, $9.15 million

Seahawks Cuts / Restructures

Date Player Action Skinny
2/28 WR Sidney Rice Cut Saved $7.3 million in cap space
3/11 DE Red Bryant Signed-JAX 4 years, $17 million
3/12 DE Chris Clemons Signed-JAX 4 years, $17.5 million
3/15 TE Zach Miller Restructure Base of $3M, down from $5.8 M

Unsigned Seahawks Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Skinny
Doug Baldwin WR 26 50 receptions, 778 yards, 5 TDs in 2013
Kellen Davis TE 28 15 games, 3 receptions
Paul McQuistan OG 31 16 games, 14 starts
Michael Robinson FB 31 Seahawk since 2010

Free Agents Signed By Seahawks

Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/12 Taylor Price WR JAX 26-year-old injured last two years

 

 

 


YourThoughts

  • Andrew12manly

    A good kicker is the difference between winning and losing a few close games every year when it comes down to a long field goal. $3 mil a year seems like a lot for a kicker, but Hauschka is solid and it’s a lot to spend a little $$ then get a discount kicker who is going to cost you those close games. It could be the difference between home field and the wildcard in the NFC West.

    • Edgar Martinez

      Exactly, it seems many people don’t realize that. If we had a poor or average kicker last year, we probably wouldn’t have even won the division considering we only won it by one game anyways. That probably would have meant no Super Bowl either.

    • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

      Amazing that 9~10 other teams pay their kicker more …Oaklands kicker made 5mil last year in a 19m contract….its mind boggling.

  • 1coolguy

    Wow, that’s an ugly list! What a shame to lose so many players.
    Isn’t Baldwin a restricted free agent?
    With 8 games decided by 7 or fewer points, Hauschka was a huge factor in the season and our earning home field advantage.
    best $3m spent so far.

  • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

    Pete Carroll has seen lousy kickers….they lose games. Coach knows the value of winning.

    Were we too much in doubt that a head guy who nicknames his kicker “Haush Money” would not want him back ~period~whatever it took?That’s
    a lot of money and he is still only 10th highest(acc’d to ESPN)?Man , that’s obscene.
    Championship teams have championship kickers though…Congrats on a fine
    year(s) Steven. Your banker just made you customer of the month.

  • jafabian

    Nice to have Hauschka back in the fold. The kicker position can’t be underestimated. Especially one who has success at CenturyLink Field.