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.
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