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Morning links: K Wiggs signed to futures contract

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:13 am with 12 Comments »
February 1, 2013 8:37 am
Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs hits a 36-yard field goal against Northwestern at Ryan Field in Evanston, Il on Saturday, October 9, 2010. (Brent Drinkut/Journal-Courier)
Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs hits a 36-yard field goal against Northwestern at Ryan Field in Evanston, Il on Saturday, October 9, 2010. (Brent Drinkut/Journal-Courier)

The Seattle Seahawks signed kicker Carson Wiggs to a futures contract as part of the team’s 80-man roster for the 2013 season. The Purdue product was with the team during training camp in 2012, and also was brought back for a tryout during the playoffs, with the Seahawks ultimately signing veteran Ryan Longwell because of his postseason experience.

The move is an interesting one, because starting kicker Steven Hauschka finished the season on the injured reserve with a calf issue, and will be an unrestricted free agent in March.

Hauschka’s been very accurate during his two years with Seattle, finishing 49 of 57 (86 percent) in field goal attempts. But he’s just 3 of 8 from 50 yards or more while with the Seahawks. Wiggs has the stronger leg between the two kickers.

Hauschka’s 41.4 percent touchbacks was No. 22 in the league last year.

Richard Sherman joined ESPN radio’s Scott Van Pelt and Ryan Russillo to discuss his impressive 2012 season in this audio link.

Former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren joins KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler in this audio link. Holmgren says he has no plans at this time to coach in the future. He also talks about Russell Wilson and gays in the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan said via twitter that he believes San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver should be suspended for his anti-gay remarks.

Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago writes that University of Washington product Nate Robinson pondered trying out for the NFL during the NBA lockout in 2011. Robinson exchanged tweets via twitter with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, who tried to recruit him while at USC, and even showed up to watch practice.

Clare Farnsworth of catches up with new Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who says a lot has changed since his two-year absence.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland picks the 49ers to defeat the Ravens in the Super Bowl, 28-17. Barnwell believes San Francisco will dominate at the line of scrimmage.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post offers five things to watch for in the big games.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle talks with former Nevada head coach Chris Ault about the development of the pistol offense.

Pabs in the comments provided this link to an interactive salary database for each team worth checking out.

Morning links
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  1. I hope Wiggs beats out Hauschka, I want a kicker who can actually make 50+ yards kicks, and SH just cant do that with any consistency.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    That’s actually a really good salary site. Nice.

  3. Yeah, I tend to agree with you Slave. Hopefully Wiggs can be comparably accurate from close to med range though. I also got frustrated that Hauschka doesn’t seem to get touchbacks with regularity. Our special teams coverage is good, but the other team is kicking it out of the endzone and giving Leon no chance, but half the time Hauschka kicks off to between the 3 yard line and 1-3 yards in the endzone, giving the other returner a chance. It’s not a glaring need, but an area where we can improve upon.

  4. abqhwkfn says:

    A touchback on that last kickoff to Atlanta would have been a big help in my opinion. No time off the clock but another 1o yards would have been nice to have.

  5. boucherm says:

    I agree with Jon Ryan

  6. That salary site is great. It makes me think about the advantages of going with youth vrs. experience which comes with seniority and therefore higher salaries for comparable talent. Also older players get injured more often. PC has a lot of experience in rebuilding teams continuously from the USC days and has displayed a willingness to start young players. That all works with the drafting skills we have. Maybe we should trade picks around and get as many 2nd through 5th round picks as we can.

  7. (Holmgren) He also talks about Russell Wilson and gays in the NFL.

    RW3 is gay?

    (Let’s see how much wrath I get over that pun)

  8. sluggo42 says:

    We never tried any long FG, and that told the story twice…
    No faith in the kicker, and field position meant more….

  9. I liked the Farnsworth article on Quinn was interesting – especially reminding how much has changed in just a few seasons!

  10. RW3 was on the Dan Patrick show today.
    Along with Clay Matthews, Arian Foster, Emmitt Smith, Jerome Bettis, Adam Sandler..

  11. mocarob says:

    RW3 was also spotlighted on the NFL Network show ‘the nfl season – a biography’ last night. He talked about how Warren Moon has been mentoring him this season.

  12. bbnate420 says:

    A kicker with more leg would be nice, but we don’t want to sacrifice accuracy from less than 50 yards. That is very important.

    I think suspending Culliver for the SB would be too harsh. I deplore his comments, but I am ambivalent about whether he should serve a suspension next season. I’m not a fan of censoring people’s speech. I think it’s probably enough for the team and league to make it clear that they find his comments offensive.

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