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More booming fun: Seahawks keep unique punter Jon Ryan with new four-year deal

Seattle punter Jon Ryan kicks away the football during the Seahawks 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.
Seattle punter Jon Ryan kicks away the football during the Seahawks 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. toverman@theolympian.com

Upholding his persona as one of the more unique punters in his sport, Jon Ryan disclosed he was staying with the Seahawks in an old/new-fashioned way.

The free agent announced it himself on Friday. By tweeting.

“Found out this morning that I will have the honor of playing in front of the greatest fans in the world for 4 more years. #12's @Seahawks” Ryan posted on his @JonRyan9 Twitter account Friday morning.

The deal is worth $10 million and includes a $2.4 million signing bonus, according to Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network. Last year Ryan made $1.5 million, so it’s annual average raise of $1 million for the 34-year-old native of Saskatchewan whom coach Pete Carroll values as an additional member of Seattle’s top-rated defense. That’s for all the booming punts Ryan has made in key situations to flip field position in the defense’s favor during his eight seasons with the Seahawks.

He’s also competed on television’s “American Ninja Warrior.” He’s thrown a touchdown pass as the holder on a fake field goal to jump start Seattle’s late rally to win 2015 NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. He broke his nose trying to run for a first down on a malfunctioning punt snap in his native-like, subzero cold during the wild-card playoff win at Minnesota in January. The bridge of his helmet that is usually across his forehead got smashed down onto his nose when he tried to hurdle a tackler and landed on his face into the frozen turf.

And he’s engaged to marry comedian Sarah Colonna in July. That relationship has resulted in much hilarity on social media from the couple.

“Man,” Ryan reacted after he broke his nose in January against the Vikings, “I’m going to look like hell in the wedding pictures.”

Ryan averaged 45.5 yards per punt last season. His career average is 44.8 yards.

Also on Friday, the Cleveland Browns signed offensive lineman Alvin Bailey two days after Seattle decided to not tender the backup a contract that would have kept him with the Seahawks as a restricted free agent. Bailey had numerous chances to seize prominent then starting roles the last couple seasons but never did. He tweeted last October during the season in the 32-team league “Thinkin about 31 other cities I'd rather be in then Seattle right now...”

Now he’s in Cleveland.

The NFL awarded the Seahawks three compensatory picks in next month’s draft. The choices are at the end of the third, fifth and seventh rounds and are awarded for net losses in free agency in 2015. That gives Seattle nine selection in this year’s draft, a place general manager John Schneider loves to be.

This week in 2016’s free agency the Seahawks have lost three starters so far – guard J.R. Sweezy, linebacker Bruce Irvin and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. They’ve re-signed defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, cornerback Jeremy Lane, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and now Ryan.

They are attempting to re-sign Russell Okung, but the left tackle who is representating himself in contract negotiations was reportedly visiting the New York Giants and Detroit Lions on Friday. The San Francisco 49ers are also believed to be interested in Seattle’s two-time Pro Bowl tackle.

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