The Seahawks have placed the franchise tag designation on K Olindo Mare. Thanks to Tom for the heads up; here is the announcement on the official Seahawks Twitter feed, and a link that (I think) Steve found from Brian McIntyre’s football blog here.
This is a great move by the Seahawks, and pretty much a no-brainer. None of the other UFAs could have even been under serious consideration for the tag, and $2.x million is not an unreasonable amount to pay for a stud kicker like Olindo Mare who has been lights out the past two seasons. I actually read somewhere that he put together the two best consecutive years by a Seahawks kicker in the team’s history, but I’m not certain that’s true. He’d be right up there.
This is also a nice move in that it locks up one of our strengths for another year, but without some silly contract that you don’t want an aging kicker getting extended until he’s 40+ years old. The Hawks locked up Pro Bowl alternate Punter Jon Ryan earlier in the offseason, so if we can get some even average coverage teams on the field (we were bottom-five bad last year), we should be okay for special teams, especially if there is an upgrade in the returner slots.