The Seattle Seahawks made a roster move on Thursday afternoon, signing former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh.
Walsh, 27, spent his first five NFL seasons in Minnesota, where he converted 133 of his 158 field goals (84.2 percent) with a career-long of 56 yards.
A sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2012 out of Georgia, Walsh earned a Pro Bowl nod and was named first-team All-Pro during his rookie season, when he went 35-of-38 on field goals (92.1 percent), made all 36 of his extra points, and established an NFL record by going 10-for-10 on attempts of 50 yards or more.
In 2015, Walsh led the League in made field goals with 34, but in 2016 the Vikings released Walsh after nine games. Walsh went 12-of-16 on field goals and 15-of-19 on extra points during his final season in Minnesota.
With the Seahawks, Walsh adds competition to the team's kicker position that has featured Steven Hauschka for the past six seasons. Hauschka, who owns the third-best field goal percentage in NFL history (87.2), has posted four straight seasons with 29-plus field goals made, including a perfect six-for-six on field goals from 50-plus yards in 2015.
But in 2016, as head coach Pete Carroll has stated, Hauschka "had gotten into a little stink with kicking the extra points," with six extra point attempts either being missed or blocked. Hauschka finished the season on a positive note, connecting on four field goals and four-of-five extra points through Seattle's two postseason games.
"I was really excited that he finished the season on a good note and he hit everything that he had a chance to hit, because he knew he was up against it, he knew he needed to show that," Carroll said. "I wish it would have happened a few weeks earlier, just so he could have had more weeks to bank on that. Hauschka is a really good kicker that got in a little bit of a rut with the extra points. He's come through for us a lot of times and been a big-play guy for us, so I outwardly commended him about showing that he's back and he's on it by the way he finished, and I thought that was pretty good."
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