Steven Hauschka wraps up solid season for Seattle

AP

As a placekicker on a one-year deal, the Seahawks’ Steven Hauschka couldn’t have helped himself much more in 2013.

The 28-year-old Hauschka connected on 39-of-41 combined field goals in regular-season and postseason play. He hit all 53 of his extra point attempts, and he forced touchbacks on half of his kickoffs (57-of-114).

Hauschka re-signed with Seattle in April after hitting 24-of-27 field goals in 2012. Should he remain unsigned at the start of the new league year in March, it will be interesting to see if he draws a look from other clubs.

After the Seahawks’ win in Super Bowl XLVIII, someone asked Seattle’s kicker if he would do anything special having won a title.

“I’m already going to the World Cup,” said Hauschka, a former collegiate soccer player, according to an interview transcript from the league. “I’m probably going to get myself a watch or something.”

What Hauschka probably really wants is a multi-year contract. And he’s done what he can to make a case for one.

20 responses to “Steven Hauschka wraps up solid season for Seattle

  1. Steven Haushka is one of the best kickers in football. He worked on his leg strength this off season and it showed in his kick offs and 50 + yard attempts. He missed one chip shot and the other was blocked but outside of those he left no doubt.

    I hope Seattle resigns him because he earned it. I know he can probably make more money elsewhere but he is such a key part of our special teams.

  2. We are bringing the kid back. Along with the extension of Thomas. Rice Miller Bennett McDaniels Mcquistan are all likely not coming back. Tate will get an offer.
    Replace and build thru draft. We’ll only get better

    Go hawks

  3. Hard to believe such a good player was kicking for Middlebury College just a few years ago. Go Panthers!

  4. He had one kick blocked, which wasn’t really his fault, and only actually missed one kick all year. I sure hope we give him a multi-year contract.

    Go Hawks!!!

  5. Fantastic year. Really only missed one kick, got one blocked vs Indy, and then missed a chip shot against Arizona where it hit the upright.

    That game was one of the turning points…brought the home winning streak to an end, so no more pressure there on the team, and brought the team back down to earth heading into the playoffs after shutting out the NYG.

    Kicking the OT winner in HOU and against TB in the 21 point comeback were big.

    But maybe his biggest contribution was telling Carroll that he wasn’t sure he could make it from 50+ in the NFC Championship. They call timeout, they get the 49ers to jump offside for a free play and Wilson throws to Kearse for what turned out to be the game winning TD.

  6. After a shaky start to his career with the Ravens, Hauschka has really rebounded nicely. Sometimes a guy needs to taste that failure before he can truly live up to his potential. It looks like that was the case for Hauschka. Gotta give him props.

  7. Pretty impressive for a guy who attended a small division III school, albeit an academically impressive one in the hamlet of Middlebury, VT. I’ll bet he was prepared for any weather conditions, Congratulations!

  8. Nice turnaround for a guy who the Ravens had hoped would succeed Matt Stover, only to be booted off the team for missing too many field goals.

  9. You don’t want to get to excited about increasing his pay much, but certainly he has earned long term security. Long term means 3-4 year contract with about 25% increase in pay over the life of the contract.

    He can get more by going into the free market than they will want to pay, but he may take the “golden” route and stay with the Seahawks. Lets hope so.

    Go Hawks!

  10. I think only Thomas and Okung will get extended. Rice won’t be back. Clemons comes back only if he’s willing to take a cut down to 3 mil. on a one year deal. Miller will have to take a large cut…maybe down to 3.5 mil. if he’s coming back. Bennett will be back if he’s willing to play for the same contract he played for this season and a 10% bump. I love Haushka but I don’t think he’s getting a long term deal unless he wants to give a home town discount.

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