The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Sebastian Janikowski can solve their kicking issues.
The team signed Janikowski on Friday amid a number of moves.
Seattle also signed quarterback Stephen Morris to have another arm on the roster behind Russell Wilson. Running back J.D. McKissic and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson signed their exclusive rights free agent contracts for the 2018 season.
Janikowski spent 17 seasons with the Oakland Raiders but missed the 2017 season due to a back injury. Janikowski Brandon Manning Jersey , 40, has made 80.4 percent of his kicks during his career and holds the NFL record with 55 field goals of 50 yards or longer.
Janikowski will join former Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers in the competition to replace Blair Walsh, who was inconsistent in his one season as the Seahawks kicker last year.
Morris spent time with three teams during the regular season and was with Washington earlier this offseason before being released this month. Seattle had no other quarterbacks on the roster since Trevone Boykin was released late last month.
McKissic developed into Seattle's third-down running back for part of last season. McKissic appeared in 13 games and had three touchdowns. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry in limited work as a ball carrier, but was most effective as a pass catcher. McKissic had 34 catches, fifth-best on the team.
When Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold turned over the team more than two months ago to general manager Paul Fenton, he was adamant the roster was strong enough to resist a rebuild.
Enhancements to the fringe and commitments to the core have been the story of Fenton’s first summer with the Wild, who agreed to terms with left wing Jason Zucker on a five-year, $27.5 million contract Wednesday. The deal came four days after defenseman Matt Dumba signed a five-year http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey , $30 million contract. Both players were restricted free agents.
”We’ve made the playoffs in six straight years. There’s certainly an onus on the players, that they have to continue to push the envelope, and I think that’s where we are,” Fenton said on a conference call with Minnesota reporters. ”There’s been a couple of guys that didn’t necessarily play up to their potential last year, and there’s been some guys that have played better. If we can get everybody on the same page, we certainly have a better chance of reaching the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
Though Zucker went without a goal or an assist in the five-game loss to Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs, the 26-year-old wasn’t one of those underperformers. He had 33 goals and 31 assists in 82 games while leading the team with seven game-winning goals and 54 takeaways last season, all career highs.
As for becoming a consistent 30-goal scorer for the next several years?
”I think it’s now my job Harrison Smith Jersey Big , right? I’m excited for it. I’m excited for the challenge that comes with that. I’m excited for an elevated role,” said Zucker, who will carry a $5.5 million annual salary cap hit through the 2022-23 season. He’ll make $5 million this season, $6.25 million in 2019-20, $4.8 million in 2020-21, $6.25 million in 2021-22 and $5.2 million in 2022-23.
Zucker was named a finalist in 2018 for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. He and his wife, Carly Markus Granlund Jersey , have been ardent supporters of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, and with two young children, their roots in the Twin Cities area weighed heavily on their desire for a long-term deal to stay.
Fortunately for Zucker and his family, the Wild felt the same way.
”We see Jason as being a big part of now and in the future. It’s hard to come by goal scorers, and with him having a great year scoring goals last year it was our intention to get him signed,” Fenton said. ”When we look at the league now, we look at the speed that has started to dominate our game. He generates so many chances based off of his speed and his skill level.”
Fenton, whose biggest free agent signings were defenseman Greg Pateryn and forwards J.T. Brown Aaron Ekblad Jersey , Eric Fehr and Matt Hendricks, held off on making any of the bold trades he helped engineer with Nashville when he was the assistant to general manager David Poile. No rush, Fenton said.
”You have an opinion, but until you see it every day and you get to see what the mood is and what the character of this team is, you can’t really make a fair assessment,” Fenton said. ”I’m looking forward to training camp starting and seeing what our players look like.”
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