KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) _ Kicker Todd Peterson was among 15 players released by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Peterson, a six-year NFL veteran who was third in the league in scoring among kickers last season, was released partly for financial reasons. Kris Heppner, a free-agent from Montana, will take Peterson's job, at least for the time being.

Peterson hit 34 of 40 field goal attempts last season and had 134 points overall. He has made all 181 of his career point-after attempts.

Peterson attempted only two field goals in preseason games _ a miss from 52 yards and a successful 22-yarder _ while Heppner's only preseason attempt was good from 28 yards out. Heppner also twice outdueled Peterson in post-practice contests, during which both kickers alternated attempts at varying distances.