Seahawks re-sign Steven Hauschka for 3 years, $9.15 million
Kicker Steven Hauschka, who made 14 of 15 field goals from 40 yards or longer and had two winning kicks in overtime last season, re-signed with the Seahawks.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Seahawks re-signed kicker Steven Hauschka to a three-year contract worth $9.15 million, including $3.35 million guaranteed.
In a breakout 2013 season, Hauschka hit 33 of 35 field goals, including a long of 53 yards. He also kicked two overtime winners — at Houston and against Tampa Bay, each capping comebacks that ranked among the greatest in team history. Equally important, Hauschka hit 14 of 15 field goals from 40 yards or longer.
It was the best season of his career, and he was a steady weapon for a team that leaned so much on winning games with its defense.
Coach Pete Carroll dubbed his kicker “Hausch Money” because he was so consistent, and he played a crucial role in Seattle’s playoff win against New Orleans. Playing in whipping wind and rain, Hauschka made three field goals against the Saints, including a long of 49 yards. His counterpart on New Orleans, by contrast, missed two field goals in Seattle’s eight-point win.
“When we say ‘Hausch Money,’ you know what we’re talking about,” Carroll said after that New Orleans win.
Hauschka will be 29 at the start of next season, and his contract is in line with the one signed by 49ers kicker Phil Dawson earlier this offseason.
Hauschka’s signing was confirmed by a league source.
He finished second in the NFL in field-goal percentage last season — making 94 percent of his attempts — and showed improved accuracy from long range. Hauschka made all three of his attempts of at least 50 yards.
In 2012, he made just one of four field goals from 50-plus yards.
Hauschka becomes the fifth of Seattle’s unrestricted free agents to re-sign with the team. The others are:
• Defensive end Michael Bennett (four years, $28.5 million, $10 million guaranteed).
• Tight end Anthony McCoy (one year, $1.35 million, all guaranteed).
• Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (two years, $5.75 million, $1.25 million guaranteed).
• Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (one year, $1.25 million, all guaranteed).
Seattle still has four of its free agents who remain unsigned: Tight end Kellen Davis, offensive lineman Paul McQuistan, fullback Michael Robinson and linebacker O’Brien Schofield (Schofield initially agreed to a deal with the Giants, but it was then killed due to concerns over his knee).
In other news:
• Free-agent defensive end Jared Allen is scheduled to meet with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, according to NFL.com. Allen, 32, met with the Seahawks on Sunday, according to a source, but left without signing a contract.
• Free-agent defensive tackle Henry Melton visited with the Cowboys on Monday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Melton has previously visited the Seahawks.
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