If the Seahawks are serious about competing for another Super bowl title next season they’re going to have to bring back the core of this year’s team. Obviously they can’t keep everybody but if they can somehow swing keeping these five, they should be alright.
1. Steven Hauschka
Kickers don’t get any love but Hauschka was responsible for scoring more points than any other player on the Seahawks roster in 2013 by a wide margin. Out of 35 attempts he missed only two field goals this season, one of which was blocked. That makes him as efficient or better than any other kicker in the NFL.
At 28 years old, Hauschka is coming into his prime and the numbers show it. In 2011 he hit 83 percent of his kicks, in 2012 he upped it to 89 percent, and in 2013 it went up to 94. If these trends continue there’s a real chance he can go perfect next season.
Hauschka hit two game winning field goals this year and also had a hand in convincing Pete Carroll to go for it on 4th and 7 in the NFC Championship game. He admitted that he didn’t feel good about the range. It takes guts to be honest and make the right call for the team in that situation instead of blindly going out there to try and prove something.
The highest paid kicker in the NFL is Jacksonville’s Josh Scobee at $3.2 million. That’s a small price to pay for a kicker of Hauschka’s quality. The Seahawks need to make it happen.