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Seahawks unlikely to use franchise tag

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan holds for kicker Steven Hauschka during a first half field goal against the Redskins during their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in Landover Reuters

The Seattle Seahawks didn’t appear to have a particular need to utilize the franchise or transition tag on any of their pending free agents.

Now general manager John Schneider has agreed that it’s unlikely they will use the franchise tag this off-season.

“We’re still evaluating that,” Schneider said, via Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune. “I don’t necessarily see us using it.”

The Seahawks only have 13 players set to hit free agency next month with only two (defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Leroy Hill) being starters on offense or defense. Of the group, kicker Steven Hauschka seemed to be the most likely to receive the tag with a franchise tag number of a comparatively low $2.9 million.

Hauschka converted 24 of 27 field goal tries and 46 of 48 PATs on the year for Seattle. He was perfect from inside 50 yards but converted just 1 of 4 field goal attempts from beyond 50 yards. With Hauschka being limited in his ability to convert from long-range, it seems unlikely the Seahawks would commit nearly $3 million to Hauschka to ensure he remains with the team next season.

Branch and Hill also seem unlikely to be tagged. Hill was arrested for domestic violence and the Seahawks will likely not bring him back next season. Branch has played well for Seattle but not to a level that would demand the approximately $8 million price that is expected to come with the franchise tag. He only made $7 million over the last two years with the Seahawks.

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5 Responses to “Seahawks unlikely to use franchise tag”
  1. offthelows says: Feb 21, 2013 11:58 PM

    There were multiple times where Hauschka could have attempted 48-55 yard field goals during the season where Carroll instead chose to punt. If I had to guess, since they have 10 picks, they can easily use a late rounder on one of the two Florida kickers

  2. pacificnw7722 says: Feb 22, 2013 12:21 AM

    Leroy Hill can hit the road, but we SHOULD keep Alan Branch.

  3. themackstrong says: Feb 22, 2013 12:23 AM

    If Hawks pay him 8 mil they better use him 3 downs. Mebane/Branch get so much push up the middle versus the run but we sub both out 3rd & long both Clem & Bruce get pressure from the outside but there is a clean pocket because we used Jones or undersized guy for speed. Pay him & use him- they just payed Mebane and he had a great year when in.

  4. chawk12thman says: Feb 22, 2013 3:47 AM

    Agree that they should not use the tag. Re-sign Hauschka if they can get him for under the tag value, but as good as he was under 50 it is time to look for a big leg kicker to replace him.

  5. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Feb 22, 2013 7:43 AM

    They don’t have anyone worth using it on.

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