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March 27, 2008 5:08 PM

Olindo Mare's signing is official

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks announced signing kicker Olindo Mare. The team's announcement doesn't specify, but it's a two-year deal.

Here's the text of the announcement:

The Seattle Seahawks have signed 12-year veteran kicker Olindo Mare, the team announced this evening.

Originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1996 where he spent the season on the practice squad, he spent 10 years with the Miami Dolphins before spending the 2007 season with the New Orleans Saints.

He left Miami as the Dolphins all-time leader in field goals (245), scoring (1,048) and field goal accuracy (.809, 245 of 303). He has posted six 100-point seasons in his career, including a career-high 144 points in his Pro Bowl season in 1999 when he set a then-NFL record with 39 field goals made.

Mare has played in 168 career games and connected on 255 of 320 field goals (.797) with a long of 54.

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Posted by 3ree

7:08 PM, Mar 27, 2008

can he kick in the northwest, though?

Posted by Franchise Mode

8:06 PM, Mar 27, 2008

Two year deal? I hope this is to just create competition for whoever they end up drafting in April, otherwise this is a serious downgrade from Josh Brown.

Posted by mark logan II

8:33 PM, Mar 27, 2008

Anyone else a bit concerned about signing a long snapper? Please, no more Boone debacles.

Posted by Chrome Dome

9:29 PM, Mar 27, 2008

Olindo Mare for his career is 15 of 35 from 50 yards plus in 11 seasons while Josh Brown is 13 of 22 in 5 season from 50 plus.

Posted by free beer

9:34 PM, Mar 27, 2008

Isn't his nick name old sponge foot? Norm Johnson still lives in these parts, what kind of shape does a kicker need to be in anyway?
Anybody remember Blanda of the Raiders, think he played until he was like 45 years old, quarter backed and kicker, that man took the hits and came back for more to win the hell of a player!!!!!!!!

Posted by spitfire

10:05 PM, Mar 27, 2008


maybe we need veteran kicker while we are in search for good rookie kicker from draft to pay it off in long run..

I hope Robinson (snapper) will return but last time he said he's done.. *sigh* hope he comes back because he was able to give us boost at the near end of season / playoff - he's currently living in Tri Cities I think..

Posted by Diehard fan

10:08 PM, Mar 27, 2008

Not sure why we didn't make a serious push for Elam. Hopefully we'll spend a low pick on a kicker to challenge Mare.

Posted by setht

11:06 PM, Mar 27, 2008

I think this was the worse signing of the offseason for the Seahawks

Posted by spitfire

11:17 PM, Mar 27, 2008

Posted by setht
11:06 PM, Mar 27, 2008
I think this was the worse signing of the offseason for the Seahawks

Yes that's possible but also depends on how much they're paying him..

I'm still disgusted about Josh Brown taking 14.2 million from St. Louis while Seattle offered 14 - WTF? *scratching head* something fishy here if he knew Seattle is the team to root for past years..

Posted by 84Hawk

12:28 AM, Mar 28, 2008

The continous mistakes by Ruskell are just piling up - what more will it take for fans to understand he is a grossly overrated GM.

Posted by AZ Hawk

7:29 AM, Mar 28, 2008

If he is still capable of kicking the ball into the end zone then that WILL be an upgrade. How often did Brown do that? I could never understand how he could connect easily from 50+ yards out yet with a running start couldn't get the ball in the end zone.

Hopefully we draft a kicker that can both kick with accuracy and distance PLUS put the ball in the end zone on kickoff.

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

7:53 AM, Mar 28, 2008

84 hawk, I'd wait to see what the signing bonus is before ripping Ruskell. Do you have a problem with the Wahle signing and locking up young all-Pros like Tatupu and Trufant for 6 years? What about Kerney? He nearly led the NFL in sacks!

Posted by Alex A

7:57 AM, Mar 28, 2008

puttin the ball in the end zone is a plus but how many kickers made tackles like josh brown i must have seen him take down at least half a dozen guys last season once with a great spider monekey impression. 50 plus field goals versus puttin it in the end zone????

Posted by Ken Brown

8:36 AM, Mar 28, 2008

Dumb pick up...hope he proves me wrong. I do not like this not one bit.

Posted by AZ Hawk 19

9:12 AM, Mar 28, 2008

I'm sure they will draft a young kicker and see how the competition is in camp. May even keep an eye on any camp cuts as well, you never know. Someone ripped Ruskell for the signing, I'm not thrilled with it either but it is too early to jump on him, the cap number could be very low and he could be easily gone if someone beats him out in camp. Bottom line is we had NO kicker at all, and the pickings were slim to say the least - If the improved O plays the way its capable, and we know the D is solid, the kicking game may not come into play as often
GO Hawks

Posted by duce duce

9:16 AM, Mar 28, 2008

I definitely don't think Mare is the answer. I doubt he will make the squad unless we can't find a good rookie. Sometimes you have to protect yourself and there is no guarantee that a rookie will be any better. I think thats all Ruskell is doing here. I haven't heard any talk about a bonus, so if we cut him before the season starts we won't owe him anything. Lets not all lose our minds over signing a kicker.

p.s. Josh Brown is a ho.

Posted by sparky

11:33 AM, Mar 28, 2008

Tim Ruskell has stated many times this off-season that he would like to sign a vet kicker and draft a late round kicker and let them go head to head at training camp. Mare is no josh brown, but he brings some decent experience at a fair price that,should he be cut, wont hurt the hawks cap numbers. Remember, kickers are a fickle bunch and have their ups and downs. Some older kickers have improved their game, some not. Seems to me to be a decent move my Tim.

Posted by Huskycrash

12:00 PM, Mar 28, 2008

84 Hawk- Josh Brown had one tackle, one and everyone remembers it but its still one.

As for Ruskell I will give him the benefit as long as we keep winning the division.

Mare will compete with a rookie and there are some good ones to choose from. I hope we don't waste a high pick on one when there will be some rookie free agents we can try out.

Posted by Huskycrash

12:04 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Sorry the comment about the tackle was meant for Alex A. It was a sweet tackle but don't get carried away with saying he had a half dozen. If that was the case then we should be seeking a new special teams coach because no one was able to tackle besides Brown.

Posted by spitfire

12:38 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Posted by Huskycrash

12:00 PM, Mar 28, 2008

84 Hawk- Josh Brown had one tackle, one and everyone remembers it but its still one.

As for Ruskell I will give him the benefit as long as we keep winning the division.

Mare will compete with a rookie and there are some good ones to choose from. I hope we don't waste a high pick on one when there will be some rookie free agents we can try out.

NO - 2 good tackles - not just one - I remember this very well..

*slapping* wake up and smell the coffee

Posted by Alex A

3:05 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Tackles Interceptions
Year Team G Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int TDs Yds Avg Lng
2007 Seattle Seahawks 16 4 4 0 0.0 0 0 -- -- -- 0.0 --
Now maybe not half a dozen but his stats from (although the lines dont match up here first 4 is total second is solo) says he got 4 solo tackles last season. So dont be so quick to throw me under the bus Huskycrash i was off by two.

Posted by Seatown51

3:45 PM, Mar 28, 2008

84Hawk: Are you crazy, other than the Hutch debacle which was horrible, he has brought us our entire starting defense excluding Bernard. Look at his FA's: Kerney, Peterson, Grant, Russell, Wahle.
Draft Picks: Mebane, Tapp, Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Leonard Weaver.

Why does everyone freak out about a kicker we brought in to compete for the job. We lost Brown get over it. Brown is a good kicker but he's a kicker and if our team does there job this year hopefully we won't have to rely on a kicker to win us the game. The fact that Brown won us 4 games in a year doesn't negate the fact that he's a kicker and not worth 3 million per year.

Posted by pattapit

4:46 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Funny thing I was just thinking about when I was drunk last night...

we offered somewhere around 14 mill to brown to make him the highest paid kicker. He left for 14.2 mill in St. Louis. Good Riddens right... he's a kicker... a damn good one... but a kicker.

I looked up St. Louis's Income tax because ours is 0! Missouri has a 6% income tax and the city of St. Louis has an additional 1% and a .5% which brings it to 7.5% income tax.

Here he makes 14 mill or 14 mill potential whatever.
there he makes 14.2 mill * .075 = 13.135Mill or 13.4 Mill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a sucker...

Posted by nature

8:09 PM, Mar 28, 2008

If he (the ho) had kicked the ball deep into the endzone a little more often EVERYONE on special teams would have LESS tackles. This is a solid signing. There may be little signing bonus - there me be NO signing bonus.

I hope we take the first kicker in the draft (after we nab a TE with a high pick).

After the Tru and Lofa signing (and a few more) anyone that rips Ruskell should be entered into a race at Longacres as clearly they run with blinders on.

Good post sparkey

pattapit - he left because he got his feeewings hurt not cuz of the money.

Posted by No.12

11:36 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Alex A,

Checking tackle stats from 2007, it's surprising to see who got credited for solo tackles:

Bobby Engram: 4
Burleson & Branch each had 3
Weaver & Morris each had 2
Alexander had 1

Not good to see so many offensive players making tackles-- obviously off fumbles/interceptions.

Josh Brown's tackles may also be credited to him kicking short directly to returners (not to mention coverage breakdowns), in addition to Brown's aggressiveness in getting downfield.

Posted by hopeful

2:44 PM, Mar 29, 2008

This kicker Charlie Hebert played in the CFL in Calgary more specifically and can handle the weather conditions in Seattle as well.
check this out:

Posted by LPFam3

8:01 PM, Mar 30, 2008

he better make em!!!!!

Posted by Alex A

8:32 AM, Mar 31, 2008

No 12
your right it wasnt meant as saying brown was any better of a kicker for his tackles but to me (and as you pointed out) it did show a little extra aggression that some kickers dont have and your rite the reason he had as many tackles was because he was kicking it short. At the same time the thing we will be missing from brown is his ability to kick in clutch situations any problems he had in this last season can be attributed to bad snapping throwing his timing off. he is still a sucker for leaving the hawks im looking forward to dominating the rams again next year.

Posted by free beer

9:13 AM, Mar 31, 2008

I'm so excited, I running around in circles! It will be nice on kick offs to see the ball go beyond the ten yard line....or something that does give the opposing team good field position right off the bat.

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