kearly wrote:Good news. Even if they draft a kicker and that kicker proves better, Seattle can always release Hauschka later and lose basically no money. I've always liked Hauschka. If I were the GM I would have signed him to a multi-year contract a while ago, though I completely understand the benefits of going "wait and see" with kickers since it's such an extreme buyers market right now.
The bolded part above is not necessarily true. It really depends on what type of contract he signs. Sometimes guys get portions of their base salary guaranteed, in addition to the signing or workout bonuses that are often involved.
It's possible they could give him a minimal contract with no guarantees, but I just have this feeling that they were just waiting on him to get healthy before inking him to a deal, and planned to keep him around if he was able to get back to 100%.
We'll see eventually, and although I wouldn't say he has the strongest leg in the NFL, he's been a solid kicker during his tenure here, and with the quality of players we have on both sides of the ball, the kicking game with Hauschka shouldn't really be a major issue this year.