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March 25, 2008 12:53 PM

'Hawks to talk with K Olindo Mare

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seattle is expecting a visit from kicker Olindo Mare, who is visiting Denver before coming to town to talk with the Seahawks. Expect to add a veteran kicker at some point this offseason, and they'll more than likely have a rookie on the training-camp roster, too, and have a competition.

Mare played for the Saints last season, played with an injury and made only 10 of his 17 field-goal attempts, the worst percentage of his career. His career field-goal percentage is just under 80 percent.

Denver is also looking for a kicker. The Broncos did not re-sign Jason Elam this year. Elam since signed a deal with Atlanta.

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Posted by No.12

1:13 PM, Mar 25, 2008

Forecast: Olindo Mare ruining Saints fans' lives

08:01 AM CDT on Friday, October 12, 2007

Ralph Malbrough / "The Forecast"

With the Saints winless, why be rational? It’s all Olindo’s fault.

What’s the difference between Olindo Mare and Aaron Brooks? Nothing; they both wore the number “2” and Saints fans hate them.

In The Forecast's mind, Olindo Mare is no better than Aaron Brooks.

Okay, maybe hate is a strong word. We should only hate things which are evil, such as hurricanes, Tom Cruise and FEMA.

Mare wouldn’t even face the music in post-game interviews after Sunday’s game, according to the Clarion-Ledger. If he can’t handle questions from the media until the day after a lousy game, how can he handle the pressure of a game winning kick or even the pressure of saving his job?

Mare isn’t the only problem with the 0-4 Saints, but he’s the poster boy for what is quickly becoming the lost season of 2007.

He’s the most obvious example from what might rank as the worst off-season in team history. If you can name one off-season move that hasn’t been a mistake, then you’ve thought of one more than actually took place.

If he makes one of those kicks against the Panthers the Saints aren’t winless, which would have made this week much more enjoyable for all Saints fans, which might have led to Saints fans giving money to a charity, which would have led to the world having less hungry children (or something like that).

In short, Olindo Mare is starving children, keeping loan interest rates high, melting the polar ice caps and...making babies cry.

Even worse than that, the Saints lousy start has left me considering buying the NBA League Pass on satellite so I can watch the Hornets. Olindo Mare has me thinking about the Hornets and it’s not even February! To quote Marlon Brando: “the horror.”

The only thing worse than the thought of Olindo Mare kicking for the Saints this Sunday is the thought of his possible replacements trying to boot field goals for the Black and Gold. Doesn’t the thought of Mike Vanderjagt, Martin Gramatica or Billy Cundiff lining up for a game winning field goal in Seattle make you want to rid your house of sharp objects before kick off? I thought so.

Although the possibility of that human bobble head doll Martin Gramatica trying to squeeze his freakishly large head into a Saints helmet would be good for a laugh – or five. Maybe if Olindo would start making field goals, maybe we’d catch Osama bin Laden. You can’t prove it wouldn’t happen.

Olindo Mare: destroying freedom, one missed field goal at a time.

Posted by UW alum 06

1:30 PM, Mar 25, 2008

The hawks should bring Brett Bergstrom to camp! He is a local kid who was in camp with the Saints last year before getting a knee injury. He played at Eastern Washington and previously at Mount Si High school! He's got a huge leg just like Brown and has experience with washington weather conditions! Bring him in Ruskell/Holmgren! At least to training camp to win the job!

Posted by Ben

2:15 PM, Mar 25, 2008

I'm all for bringing him in to compete for a job. Now I'm not saying he's the answer mind you. But I think a healthy competition would be nice. Even Gramatica is a free agent. He's not a long term solution, but was serviceable here in Dallas until the Cowboys plugged in Nick Folk. Sign some veterans and non drafted free agents and draft one late. I think that's the best scenario in my eyes.

Posted by Travis

3:46 PM, Mar 25, 2008

The Seahawks cannot sign Olindo Mare. He is not a good "bad weather" kicker. He also whines about kicking surfaces. I currently live in South Florida, and I remember him always complaining about the field at Dolphins Stadium (it has an infield since they share the field with the Marlins).

Bring in a few young kickers. I don't mind rookie kickers, Hey, Josh Brown worked out pretty well. As did Gatkowski and Mason Crosby this year.

Posted by Tomaton

9:36 PM, Mar 25, 2008

I'll take any unknown rookie over Mare or Grammtica...these guys suck...What a way to start off the season knowing you are guaranteed to lose any game that was within 3 points.

Posted by Ben

5:55 AM, Mar 26, 2008

Hey just thought you all might want to know that we just signed Marcus Trufant to a long term contract. I don't have the link, but I'll give you the site and the numbers.

Posted by Mike Florio on March 26, 2008, 8:11 a.m.
The Seattle Seahawks have engaged in another transaction . . . and it’s still not the release of 2005 NFL MVP Shaun Alexander.

This time, the ‘Hawks have inked cornerback Marcus Trufant to a long-term deal.

Per a league source, Trufant agreed early Wednesday to a six-year contract worth $50.2 million. The deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money, and will pay $28 million over the first three years and $34 million over the first four.

The deal also includes a $3 million 2010 roster bonus that is guaranteed for skill and injury, which as a practical matter makes the first three years — and the $28 million that comes with it — guaranteed.

Trufant had been given the franchise tag in February. Of the 12 franchise players in 2008, Trufant is the second to sign a long-term deal. The first was Colts tight end Dallas Clark.

This is so awesome. I needed some good news today!

Posted by alan

6:27 AM, Mar 26, 2008

I heard we just signed Trufant?

Posted by 12thmanforlife

8:23 AM, Mar 26, 2008

Man, when you start talking about Olindo Mare and anybody named Gramatica it makes me really sad that Josh Brown had to be such a ho. I am very concerned about our special teams next year. Our punter is a chubby little wimp. We don't have a long snapper. And a clutch kicker like Brown can mean the difference between making the playoffs and not and they are hard to find.

Posted by Shaun

8:31 AM, Mar 26, 2008

Hey is Rod Bironas still available? I know he didn't have a contract coming into free agency....

Posted by rick njhawker

6:28 PM, Mar 26, 2008

olindo mare is aweful!!!!!!!!!!! The Hawks can never fully replace Brown, but digging in the trash is no place to start looking

Posted by rick njhawker

6:48 PM, Mar 26, 2008

Draft Draft Draft! Draft a kicker late and pray! Too bad the Hawks didn't get Elam! He may have not been the future but WAAAAAAAAAY better than Mare!

On a different note, thank everything holy the Hawks got Julius Jones! Now hopefully Alexander can clean the locker room instead of average 1 yard a game! The worst drain on any salary cap in NFL history! The very second he got his money, he looked as if he'd rather be fishing! Jones and Duckett will make a much better backfield this season!

Of all the teams Josh Brown signes with... THE RAMS!!?? Are you kidding me!? He used to be a hero! NOW... ABSOLUTE ENEMY!!! Loyalty means nothing to a dollar bill these days huh!?

Posted by Rammstein

11:15 PM, Mar 26, 2008

I'm sure the Hawks will sign a veteran kicker just for some good competition for a rookie in training camp. God help us if we end up with Mare as our kicker.
Hopefully that kicker from Wisconsin will still be available for the Hawks in the 6th round. Either him or the Louisville kicker will be just as good or even better than traitor Brown. I see a rookie kicker winning the job just like Brown did 5 years ago.

Posted by snovalleyhick

11:18 AM, Jun 05, 2008

Bergstrom is the man!!!!! He's young and can be molded, watch his high school videos, I played with him at Mount Si, the guy is an animal!!!! The best part of all, he's local!

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