Friday, April 19, 2013
Kicking picture with Hauschka re-signed
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks have announced Steven Hauschka's re-signing with the team.
The veteran kicker could still face competition in training camp from a drafted rookie, rookie free agent or even from another veteran.
But with Hauschka under contract, every team in the NFC West has a kicking option on its roster.
The chart at right shows field-goal percentages over the past five years for veteran and rookie kickers. The percentages are similar. Some kickers face tougher circumstances based on variables such as distance, venue, weather and situations. But in looking at the percentages overall, teams might feel better about going young at the position.
The chart below shows 2012 field-goal percentages for current NFC West kickers Phil Dawson (San Francisco 49ers), Jay Feely (Arizona Cardinals), Greg Zuerlein (St. Louis Rams), Hauschka and David Akers, formerly of the 49ers.
Hauschka suffered an injury during the playoffs last season. The team signed Ryan Longwell on a short-term basis.
The chart below shows which NFC West unrestricted free agents have signed this offseason. The list does not include players who were released or otherwise did not qualify for UFA status.