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Could the Saints Sign Kicker Steven Hauschka?

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The Seattle Seahawks kicker would be an excellent upgrade over Shayne Graham and might be hitting the free agent market.

Scott Halleran

With only aging veteran Shayne Graham on their roster, the Saints are going to be in the market for a new kicker this off-season. Let's be honest.

And as it turns out, a good potential replacement might hit the free agent market. The Seattle Seahawks will not be using the Franchise Tag on Steven Hauschka, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today.

Which means he'll be free to talk with other teams when free agency begins this month, unless he signs a new deal before March 11th.

Hauschka went an impressive 33 for 35 last season on his way to winning the Super Bowl and is 57 for 62 over the last two years. Below are his career kicking stats for you to research:


Overall FGs 20-29 Yards 30-39 Yards 40-49 Yards 50+ Yards PAT
Year Team G Blk Lng FGM FG Att Pct M Att Pct M Att Pct M Att Pct M Att Pct XP Att XPM Pct Blk
2013 Seattle Seahawks 16 1 53 33 35 94.3 10 11 90.9 9 9 100.0 11 12 91.7 3 3 100.0 44 44 100.0 0
2012 Seattle Seahawks 16 1 52 24 27 88.9 7 7 100.0 10 10 100.0 5 5 100.0 1 4 25.0 48 46 95.8 2
2011 Seattle Seahawks 16 2 52 25 30 83.3 5 6 83.3 9 10 90.0 7 8 87.5 2 4 50.0 34 34 100.0 0
2010 Denver Broncos 4 0 46 6 7 85.7 1 1 100.0 3 3 100.0 2 3 66.7 0 0 0.0 10 10 100.0 0
2009 Atlanta Falcons 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 Baltimore Ravens 9 0 44 9 13 69.2 1 1 100.0 5 7 71.4 3 5 60.0 0 0 0.0 28 27 96.4 1
2008 Baltimore Ravens 8 0 54 1 2 50.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 2 50.0 0 0 -- 0
TOTAL 69 4 54 98 114 86.0 24 26 92.3 36 39 92.3 28 33 84.8 7 13 53.8 164 161 98.2 3

Hauschka is coming off a one-year deal worth $715,000 so he's definitely going to command more this season and get himself a raise.

So what do you think? Should the Saints take a look at Steven Hauschka if he ends up hitting the free agent market?