ProFootballTalk.com is now reporting that Seattle Seahawks free agent kicker Olindo Mare is headed to the Carolina Panthers.
According to the report, Mare, 38, agreed to a four-year deal worth $12 million, with $4 million in guaranteed money.
That’s the kind of security Mare was looking for, but if true, it’s also understandable why Seattle would balk at giving him that kind of money. Seattle franchised Mare last season, with the veteran kicker making $2.8 million in base salary.
Signing with the Panthers makes sense for Mare, who lives in the Carolina area during the offseason.
The Seahawks now likely will look at bringing in a couple of guys to compete for the kicker job at training camp.
However, they also could pursue someone like Philadelphia unrestricted free agent kicker David Akers. The Eagles originally placed a transition tag on Akers in March, but dropped the tag once free agency began on Tuesday.
A five-time Pro Bowler, Akers had been with Philadelphia since 1999.