Kicker Steven Hauschka was so accurate last season for the Seattle Seahawks, head coach Pete Carroll labeled him, “Hausch Money.”
Hauschka took some money from the house Monday.
After making 95.4 percent of his field-goal attempts last season, the Seahawks signed Hauschka to a three-year contract, worth a reported $9.15 million, with $3.35 million guaranteed.
Not a bad deal for a man who went to Middlebury College in Vermont to become a dentist. He began kicking his sophomore season at Middlebury after being cut from the soccer team.
Hauschka was 41-for-43 on the season, including the playoffs. He had a kick blocked and returned for a touchdown against Indianapolis. His other miss came at the end of a bad exchange and hold between the long snapper and holder against Arizona.
Outside of the block, Hauschka was 14-for-14 from 40-plus yards. In the NFC Championship game, he took the rare step for a kicker of telling Carroll he didn’t think he could make a 52-yard attempt and thought the Seahawks should go for it instead. Jermaine Kearse caught a 35-yard touchdown on fourth-and-7 to give the Seahawks a 20-17 lead they would not give back to the San Francisco 49ers.
Hauschka, 28, will be going into his fourth season with the Seahawks. He’s played six NFL seasons since being undrafted out of NC State, where he transferred to from Middlebury.
He entered the league with the Minnesota Vikings in 2008. Since, he’s played for the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, the Las Vegas Locomotives of the now-defunct United Football League, Denver Broncos, then, finally, the Seahawks in 2011.
Giants add Thurmond, Demps
The New York Giants have signed former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond and safety/returner Quintin Demps.
Thurmond played in 12 games for the Super Bowl champions last season, recording 33 tackles, one sack and returning an interception for a touchdown. He also served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.
The 26-year-old Thurmond was limited to six games in 2011 and two in 2012 because of injuries.
Originally selected by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Thurmond recorded 85 tackles, one sack and one interception in 34 games with Seattle.