Report: No franchise tag for Hauschka

AP

Last year, the Seahawks opted not to apply the franchise tag to kicker Steven Hauschka.  It would have cost $2.977 million for one year.

Hauschka eventually signed a one-year, $715,000 contract.

This year, use of the tag on Hauschka would cost $3.556 million.  Per Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Seahawks are inclined to roll the dice again.

Pelissero reports that the Seahawks won’t be using the franchise tag on Hauschka.  It means that, absent an agreement with the Seahawks before March 11, he’ll be free to sign with another team.

Hauscka converted on 94.3 percent of his field goals in 2013, making 33 of 35 kicks.  He also registered touchbacks on 48 of 94 kickoffs.

34 responses to “Report: No franchise tag for Hauschka

  1. Never thought a paul allen owned team would be cheap with sum1 important
    He deserves at least a 3 yr deal at 2.5

  2. What is with the dumb Vikings fans always trolling on our posts? Hmm, Lombardi Trophy envy?

  3. more frustrating than vike trolls is when posts meant to add to the conversation never see the light of day and those goofball’s insipid brain dead posts are always near the top.

  4. Hauschka is not only one of the best kickers in football, he also is the best communicator. On one occassion as the kicking team was going on the field in a critical fourth down field goal situation, Hauschka told Carroll he did not think he could make it. Carroll called time, pulled the kicking team out, and we threw a touchdown pass and one the game. Had Hauschka said nothing. Missed the field goal like he believed. We would have lost. This type of smarts makes him invaluable. Pay the man.

  5. A reliable kicker is something to hold on to, would make no sense in letting him walk.

    The Viking trolls are on every thread because right now they are tied for first…which won’t last too long after the season actually starts.

  6. Let’s see if they reward their players with a good contract or if they low ball him again.

  7. thevikesarebest says:
    Mar 2, 2014 9:02 PM
    In other news,the shehawks are still a laughable franchise.
    ————————-
    That’s true – we were laughing throughout the entire Super Bowl. Especially that part about Percy Harvin returning the kickoff for a TD. I was laughing so hard I was crying!

  8. @Seatownballers-I don’t think $2.5 mil a year gets it done. If it did he’d already be signed. Top kickers are getting $3.5 mil a season now and I imagine Hausch is right there wanting that. Robbie Gould just got $15 mil over 4 years and it is hard to argue Hauschka isn’t on the same level…if not better.

  9. There is one redeeming quality for the Vikings: they produce some great talent for the Seahawks. Absolutely wonderful farm team. I can’t wait until Patterson is ready for his raise to Seattle.

  10. Can’t believe all the posts from Hawk fans about our impending free agents say “pay the man”, some how we seem to forget their is a salary cap. We can’t pay them all! I love our kicker but can we afford to pay him $2.5 mil? No we can’t. That extra 1.75 mil could be the difference in keeping Bennett (who we must keep) or Golden (who would be nice to keep) or extending ET (who we can’t win without). I would gamble on finding a new kicker over finding a replacement for any one of these guys.

  11. Just because he’s “only a kicker” doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve to get paid. Kickers win games, and they make a pretty big difference, so what if they don’t get hit a lot.

  12. I’m glad the kid got it together after flubbing his time with the Ravens. The only problem with kickers is they actually outprice themselves if they’re good for a long time. Is there a limit on number of years you can do a deal for? If I was a good kicker I’d go for a max length deal with less overall just to maintain a roster spot.

  13. The Vikings should sign a kicker… hmmm… wait, they need a QB. But wait, they actually need a few wide receivers too… Can’t get a wide receiver without making sure you have a legitimate tight end… or for that matter, an offensive line, but that begs the question, who will run behind them? No running back on this team either… You could… Naw… Just forget it Wilf, fold up the tent and move to LA now and get it over with. You’re already going to lose Jared Allen. Might as well start anew in the City of Angels. They have a better fan base. They might show up to the game and cheer the team on.

  14. All I know is, the Seahawk front office has a surefire plan to get us into the playoffs again. They never miss a beat and will definitely give us fans some nice surprises!

    The vikings are to the Seahawks, what the rochester redwings are to the Twins. Our minor league.

  15. I would like to say Viking fans are sore losers but how do we know that without having anything to compare? They never won so there is no way to really know..
    Congrats to the hawks!!
    Enjoy it like we have!!

  16. I’m a huge Hauschka fan, but no way in hell should Seattle pay a kicker 2 million a year. Seattle has had a knack for letting kicers go and repalcing them with others just as good or better (John Kasay, Josh Brown, Lindell, Mare, etc.)

    Offer him 1.5 mil/yr and see if he signs.

  17. jharmon64 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 6:42 AM
    Has a kicker ever been given the tag?
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    Not since Friday or so when the Jets did it to keep Folk.

  18. I suspect they will offer him a long term deal along the lines of $1.5-$1.75 mil per year. That’s a 100% + raise, to play for a team that is virtual lock to make the playoffs, at the very least, for the next decade. Win-win.

  19. This isn’t “news”

    Note Seattle did exactly the same thing last year.

    Teams are operating within a salary cap, all the “pay him” comments display your lack of understanding of salary cap football.

    You can’t afford to pay everyone top dollar, ….it’s simply part of the new NFL

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