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Confirmed: Seahawks to sign kicker Ryan Longwell

The Seattle Seahawks had a tryout with a handful of kickers at the team’s Renton headquarters today, and veteran Ryan Longwell apparently came out as the winner.

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Seattle plans to sign Longwell to the team’s active roster as insurance with Seattle’s starter Steven Hauschka nursing a lower calf strain.

UPDATE: I have confirmed this report.

The 15-year veteran did not play for any NFL team during the regular season. He was released by Minnesota a couple weeks after the Vikings drafted Blair Walsh in April.

Longwell, 38, has a career 82.3 field goal percentage rate, but that number dipped to 76.8 percent (22 of 28) in 2011.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider is familiar with Longwell from his time in Green Bay. Longwell played for the Packers from 1997 to 2005 before signing with the Vikings as a free agent in 2006.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the plan is to closely monitor Hauschka and get him ready to play, but Longwell provides a backup plan if Seattle’s regular kicker can’t go.

The Seahawks can create an extra roster spot with defensive end Chris Clemons likely headed to the injured reserve list after suffering an ACL tear and torn meniscus in his left knee.