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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks hope they have found the solution for their recent kicking troubles.
The team agreed Wednesday to sign Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to a four-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been formally announced.
Myers was in a competition with Sebastian Janikowski during Seattle’s training camp last year. Janikowski won the job, in part because of his veteran status, but it was Myers who had the better season after being claimed off waivers by the New York Jets.
Myers was 33 of 36 on field-goal attempts in New York and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career — the first Jets kicker to be selected in franchise history.
The 27-year-old Myers kicked an NFL-record five field goals of at least 55 yards last season. He also had six field goals of at least 50 yards, setting a Jets franchise record. Myers set another team mark by making seven field goals against Indianapolis last season.
Myers thanked Jets fans on Twitter for their support, adding that he’ll “truly cherish my time there and It’ll always hold a special place in my heart.”
Seattle has struggled with the kicking position since Stephen Hauschka left for Buffalo after the 2016 season. Both Blair Walsh in 2017 and Janikowski last year had subpar seasons kicking for Seattle.
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