Ryan Longwell confirmed Tuesday that he has agreed to a deal with the Seattle Seahawks.
“Signed with the Hawks!" Longwell said in a text message to The Bulletin on Tuesday afternoon. The veteran NFL kicker, a 1992 Bend High School graduate who was born in Seattle, reportedly tried out for the Seahawks earlier Tuesday. The team was seeking a backup for regular kicker Steven Hauschka, who strained the calf of his left (planting) leg during Seattle’s 24-14 win over the Washington Redskins in an NFC wild-card playoff game Sunday.
Longwell, 38, had played 15 seasons in the NFL — nine with Green Bay and six for Minnesota — before he was released by the Vikings last May. He has made 83.2 percent of his field-goal attempts for his career, and he remains the Packers’ all-time leading scorer with 1,054 points. Longwell ranks 13th on the NFL’s all-time scoring list with 1,687 points.
Hauschka was injured while kicking a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter against the Redskins. He later kicked field goals of 29 and 22 yards and also kicked an extra point, though punter Jon Ryan took over Hauschka’s kickoff duties.
The Seahawks reportedly are yet to determine whether Hauschka or Longwell will be active for this Sunday’s divisional playoff game at Atlanta.
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—From staff, wire reports