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Seahawks sign veteran kicker Ryan Longwell

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Apparently, keeping extra kickers is what all the cool kids out West are doing.

With Steven Hauschka suffering a calf injury, the Seahawks have signed veteran Ryan Longwell after a tryout Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Longwell hasn’t kicked in the league this season after being released by the Vikings in May, but was apparently convincing in the workout.

There was no word on a corresponding roster move. Hauschka returned to kick two field goals after the injury, though punter Jon Ryan handled kickoffs in Sunday’s win at Washington.

The 49ers are carrying two kickers at the moment, with Billy Cundiff coming aboard as insurance for veteran David Akers.

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21 Responses to “Seahawks sign veteran kicker Ryan Longwell”
  1. threedeep1998 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:48 PM

    Love longwell but he’s not a long distance guy and cannot get touchbacks even from the 35

  2. daysend564 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Cowboys carried two kickers before it was cool. They are ahead of their time.

  3. time2speakup says: Jan 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Thanks threedeep for sharing that. I was wondering why my Niners didn’t reach out to that guy once David Akers came up sorta MIA.

  4. wpitf says: Jan 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    Good for Longwell. Gets another shot at the SuperBowl! A class act. I really liked him as a Viking. His range is definitely limited now, but if Seattle needs a 30-40 yarder and Hauschka aint up to it, I’d rather have him than the punter!

  5. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 8, 2013 6:02 PM

    Ryan Longwell is an accurate kicker, and you can count on him for that. The problem is, he doesn’t have the strongest boot. If he gets enough power into a kick he will make those 50-55 yard kicks. Touchbacks are probably his weakest area, seldom will you see a touchback with Ryan Longwell.

  6. bigks77 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:03 PM

    Go hawks!!! Go longwell!!!

  7. osiris33 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:05 PM

    Uh, they don’t need to make a roster move if Chris Clemmons is already on IR. Hauschka (bless you) will probably only miss one week if that. If he kicks well on Friday Longwell might not even make the trip.

    Obviously not too worried about DE depth.

  8. bugorfeature says: Jan 8, 2013 6:07 PM

    They may not carry two placekickers – there’s plenty of time to make a roster move this week. Maybe they feel Hauschka can come back during the playoffs. And Hauschka made two field goals after the injury so perhaps he’ll split duty with Longwell.

  9. tjh9985 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:10 PM

    Hauschka should sue the Redskins.

  10. Ponder This says: Jan 8, 2013 6:19 PM

    The Vikings cut him because he didn’t kick long well.

  11. dirtybird70 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:22 PM

    Seachickens will need him for those couple FG opportunities they’ll have the entire game

  12. jusford says: Jan 8, 2013 6:26 PM

    Preparing for play in Lambeau.

  13. chawk12thman says: Jan 8, 2013 6:27 PM

    Only a safeguard move. Ryan may not make be active for the game but nice that he is available in case he is needed. Time will tell.

  14. granadafan says: Jan 8, 2013 6:27 PM

    Pete Carroll loves CAL guys.

  15. whereslelie says: Jan 8, 2013 6:28 PM

    One of the 49ers bad decisions was letting longwell go so many years back. Cap-hell casualty. I bet he’d relish another chance to remind the franchise even though he had quite a career after leaving SF

  16. rhinojr says: Jan 8, 2013 6:36 PM

    If you need a kicker, John Kasay is the man…just dont ask him to do kickoffs

  17. trapshoot says: Jan 8, 2013 6:42 PM

    Good choice out of those available.

  18. macdaddyspeed says: Jan 8, 2013 7:01 PM

    Seachickens will need him for those couple FG opportunities they’ll have the entire game

    *****

    That, and the many PATs

  19. andylucksneck says: Jan 8, 2013 7:11 PM

    The seachickens don’t deserve to be in the tourney still. Had Griffin been the leader he should have been then the seachickens don’t score and the Skins win by 45. Not impressed by an undisciplined, over intense seachicken team.

  20. dennisatunity says: Jan 8, 2013 7:24 PM

    andylucksneck
    The seachickens don’t deserve to be in the tourney still. Had Griffin been the leader he should have been then the seachickens don’t score and the Skins win by 45.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. And if pigs could fly…Unfortunate events happen to every team. That’s the way it is. That’s what happens in the NFL. Good teams find a way to win. Period.

  21. darkglobe1 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:23 PM

    Ryan Longwell always kicks the ball well

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