It appears the kicker competition is over for the Seattle Seahawks. According to the league transactions report for today, the Seahawks waived kicker Carson Wiggs, replacing him with defensive end Dewayne Cherrington on the 90-man roster.
Wiggs struggled with consistency in practice and in games for Seattle. The Purdue product missed from 43 yards in last week’s game against the Broncos.
Wiggs would have been a cheaper alternative at kicker, with starter Steven Hauschka set to make $715,000 in base salary in 2013.
Hauschka always has been consistent inside 50 yards. He converted 49 of 57 field goals (86 percent) and 80 of 82 extra points, with a long of 52 in his two seasons with the Seahawks.
In 2012, Hauschka made 24 of 27 field goals for a career-high 118 points, and set the franchise-record with 14 consecutive games with a made field goal, from Oct. 9, 2011 to Sept. 16, 2012.
But Hauschka was just 3 of 8 from 50 yards or more while with the Seahawks. And Hauschka’s 41.4 percent touchbacks was No. 22 in the league last year.
However, Hauschka’s shown a much stronger leg this season. He almost made a 61-yarder against San Diego. And five of his nine kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks during exhibition play.
At 6-3 and 335 pounds, Cherrington is a Mississippi State product signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by New England on May 3, and released by the Patriots on June 10. Cherrington reportedly visited the Seahawks last week.