For the fourth straight season, the Seattle Seahawks will have a new kicker, but this time, it’s a familiar face.
According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers will return to the Seahawks instead of re-signing with the Jets, agreeing to terms on a four-year deal worth between $15 and $16 million and filling a major hole on the roster.
Myers bid farewell to the Jets early on Wednesday, thanking fans for a “hell of a year” in New York.
Following a disappointing season by Blair Walsh, who replaced Stephen Hauschka during the 2017 season, the Seahawks brought in Myers and Sebastian Janikowski to compete for the kicking job last summer. Myers made both of his field goal attempts in the preseason and performed well during camp, but Seattle decided to roll with Janikowski, cutting the 27-year old veteran on August 20.
Myers landed with the Jets and enjoyed the finest season of his career, nailing 91.7 percent of his 36 field goal attempts. He also proved to be accurate from long distance, making six out of seven field goals from 50 yards or longer and converting on 11 out of 12 attempts between 40 and 49 yards.
In comparison, the 40-year old Janikowski made only 81.5 percent of field goals and wasn’t quite as effective beyond 40 yards, making 11 out of 14 attempts. He also suffered a hamstring injury in the Wild Card game at Dallas, forcing Seattle to go for two-point conversions after both of their second half touchdowns.
General manager John Schneider indicated at the Scouting Combine two weeks ago that Seattle had maintained contact with Janikowski’s agent, but it now appears the organization hopes to right a wrong by bringing back the younger, more productive Myers.
After signing a lucrative multi-year deal, Myers shouldn’t have to worry about competing for a job this time around as the Seahawks hope he can finally provide long-term stability at a position that has been a revolving door since Hauschka left town prior to the 2017 season.