DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Steven Hauschka #3 of the Denver Broncos kicks the game winning field goal during the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 27, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
Jarriel King is an undrafted rookie out of South Carolina who joined the New York Giants earlier in the off-season. King has a large frame (6'5, 324 pounds), but played the LT position with some quickness and athleticisim. Scouts cite raw technique and possibly a heart condition as reasons he wasn't drafted. The Seahawks must've seen something they liked, because this adds him straight to our 53-man roster.
Steven Hauschka joined the NFL in 2008, playing mostly for the Ravens, spending some time in the UFL, and kicking for the Broncos last season. He was with the Broncos to fill in for injured kicker Matt Prater, and that job's done now. He kicked the game-winning 51-yard field goal against us this pre-season, and made four more PATs. He replaces Jeff Reed, who mostly struggled at kickoffs, where Praters has a stronger leg.
To clear up the roster spots with four additions (DT Al Woods and Landon Cohen earlier), the Seahawks released four players: PK Jeff Reed, DT Junior Siavii (source), David Vobora (source) and DT Pep Levingston (source). Reed was replaced by Hauschka. Siavii is a bit of a surprise but simply the odd man out as we added younger defensive line depth. He played well for us last year. David Vobora and Matt McCoy were never both going to make the roster, and Vobora lost out. Pep Levingston did well this pre-season and hopefully will make the practice squad.