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Confirmed: Seahawks to sign kicker Ryan Longwell

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm with 31 Comments »
January 8, 2013 6:56 pm
Minnesota Vikings place kicker Ryan Longwell (8) warms up before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets Monday, Oct. 11, 2010,  in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Minnesota Vikings place kicker Ryan Longwell (8) warms up before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The Seattle Seahawks had a tryout with a handful of kickers at the team’s Renton headquarters today, and veteran Ryan Longwell apparently came out as the winner.

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Seattle plans to sign Longwell to the team’s active roster as insurance with Seattle’s starter Steven Hauschka nursing a lower calf strain.

UPDATE: I have confirmed this report.

The 15-year veteran did not play for any NFL team during the regular season. He was released by Minnesota a couple weeks after the Vikings drafted Blair Walsh in April.

Longwell, 38, has a career 82.3 field goal percentage rate, but that number dipped to 76.8 percent (22 of 28) in 2011.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider is familiar with Longwell from his time in Green Bay. Longwell played for the Packers from 1997 to 2005 before signing with the Vikings as a free agent in 2006.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the plan is to closely monitor Hauschka and get him ready to play, but Longwell provides a backup plan if Seattle’s regular kicker can’t go.

The Seahawks can create an extra roster spot with defensive end Chris Clemons likely headed to the injured reserve list after suffering an ACL tear and torn meniscus in his left knee.

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  1. Skavage says:

    Good move. Put them both on the active roster so you have a little insurance during the game if needed.

  2. Skavage says:

    OMG…wow…the blog server is finally fixed! No more 2 minute waits after clicking “submit”. Thanks TNT!

  3. TomlPDX says:

    Another good call by the front office. JS is definitely exec of the year. Let’s hope we don’t need this extra insurance but it is nice to have. when H started gimping last week it was scary…we need our kicker and H is a good one.

  4. Can the guy still kick??? If so and helps this team out…well worth the back-up.

  5. mocarob says:

    90 min. NFL Replay of the Skins game on at 5 & 9pm tonight.

  6. I’ve always liked Longwell.

  7. Vegas56 says:

    Longood would be even better…

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    My bad JZombie.
    I see now that you posted the Russell- Wilson, nfl-best- young-quarterback link in the last thread.

  9. edstang45 says:

    I’m watching the hawks and skins again tonight and so far the skins are beating us again in first quarter sigh hope they can pull it out……go Hawks

  10. edstang – I’m watching it too. The Hawks are down 14-0 right now and I sure hope they can come back tonight like they did the other day. :)

  11. how big was that 3rd and 12 conversion by Miller when we were down 14-0?

  12. JZombie says:

    No problem, GeorgiaHawk. We could all use more than one good dose for the week.

  13. Dave Boling says:

    Longwell grew up in Puyallup. He was an old pal of Hasselbeck’s from the GB days. Hass used to hold for him. The story is that when Hasselbeck went out for the overtime coin flip in the fateful ’03 playoff, Longwell was out there for the Packers. Hass and Longwell were kidding each other, with Matt ragging him about being sure not to miss any crucial field-goal tries, and he was still in that mode when he uttered the famed: “We want the ball and we’re gonna score.”

  14. CYRREEN says:

    Seattle Seahawks to sign defensive end Patrick Chukwurah

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Dave, that’s great. I never knew that part of it. lol. I don’t care what anyone says, I love the fact that Hass was composed enough in that moment to poke at his friends.

  16. montanamike2 says:

    I have to recant what i said about Ponder choking for the GB game. I saw how purple his arm was and knew he wasn’t faking it.

  17. montanamike2 says:

    It does load comments fast again, it was slow this morning.

  18. I’m drooling at what I want to buy. I hope I have the chance to actually want some of this stuff:

    Cool story about Matt. One of the reasons I liked him so much is because he wasn’t some stuffy puppet that always toed the corporate line all the time. I liked his jokes and how he was goofy sometimes.

  19. rramstad says:

    From twitter

    Confirmed: #Seahawks will sign DE Patrick Chukwurah to take Chris Clemons’ spot on the roster.

    Odd signing. The guy is fairly old at 34. Probably has a lot of tread left on the tires, though, as he only played 5 NFL seasons, more or less, and a couple of seasons in the UFL.

  20. rramstad says:

    “Just don’t say they’re signing him off the couch. This is a 250-pound personal trainer with less than 5 percent body fat, someone who is a special-teams standout and pass-rushing specialist who was in the UFL the past two season.”

  21. Vegas56 says:

    That 3rd down catch by Miller was, in my opinion, the biggest single play of the game. Tough catch, determined to get the yards…it allowed the coming momentum change to happen.

  22. well, I’m sure this DE will be hungry as can be — and his job assignment on Sunday should be pretty straightforward. Would be a great story if he could make a big play somewhere in the game. . .

  23. Dukeshire says:

    Playing at least some in Tampa, he ought to has at least a peripheral idea of what Seattle is looking for scheme-wise.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    And as I think of it, he and Bradley were there at the same time. So that a positive.

  25. watching another chunk of the game a 2nd time through, other observations – –

    all those people saying Sherman was mouthy or whatnot in the game, must have turned a blind eye to DeAngelo, b/c he started something on almost every single pass play, and certainly every time he was in on a tackle. And I don’t know for sure, but it seems like every time there was chippy play by the Redskins D, the next play was a run from Marshawn. It’s like, you want to see who’s tougher? Here’s our sledgehammer. Go ahead and tackle him.

    RW is seriously fast, when he runs w/the ball it’s always very much under control, aware of what is around him. but when he sprinted past Lynch a couple time to get in a blocking position, damn, he really moved. seems like in a different life, he could’ve been a very nice CB.

    final thing, watching it again, the McCoy dropped pass at about the 10 yrd line, was just as big (and arguably bigger) error as Lynch’s fumble at the 1 yd line. McCoy may have gotten in for the TD and would have certainly gotten inside the 5, and he dropped an easy pass, while Lynch took a helmet to the ball.

  26. pabuwal says:

    For the guys with smartphones, that Gregg Easterbrook article has the perfect image to use as background wallpaper.

  27. sluggo42 says:

    RW wears small shoulder pads…

  28. Me too Bobby! My XL stuff needs some XLVII stuff to hang with! I know, one game at a time. Step away from the credit card. For now…

  29. My credit card is going to burn if they actually WIN the Super Bowl. I’m going to get things I like and then buy back-ups (of the same thing) so that when I wear them out in a few years I’ll still have stuff to keep wearing!

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