Booted out of New Orleans after advising Saints teammates and coach Sean Payton to invest in a Louisiana film company, long snapper Kevin Houser has obtained new NFL employment.
The veteran special-teams player, who was cut and replaced by Jason Kyle after nine seasons in New Orleans, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks today, the team announced today.
Houser was acquired to compete with former Houston Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman, who was signed to a one-year contract earlier this offseason by the Seahawks.
Nearly $2 million was squandered when the movie company didn’t qualify for anticipated tax credits, which didn’t make Houser a very popular figure in the Saints’ locker room and may have directly led to his firing.
Outspoken Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey made it clear that Houser wasn’t high on his list of favorite people earlier this month with this comment on his Twitter account: “you think your buying LA film tac creits. but the f–kn snapper didnt… wow this is a f–ked up world we live in.”
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Shockey also wrote this Tweet before eventually removing it from his page: “thx chad houser our long snapper for losing my coaches, teamates, and me around 2mill$.. what a dumb ass.”
After the Saints signed Kyle, Shockey wrote: “Glad we got a new long snapper bad people bring bad karma.”
For Houser, a fresh start in a friendlier work environment was definitely in order.