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.
If Chris Culliver isn't suspended by Goodell then I am absolutely embarrassed to be part of a league that accepts this type of behavior.— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) February 1, 2013
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 Seahawks.com 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.