Steven Hauschka was nearly automatic in 2013, hitting on 33 of 35 field goal attempts (94%) during the regular season then converting on all six attempts in the Playoffs, but as Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports, he will not be tagged as a franchise player by the Seahawks. If tagged, Hauschka would have seen his salary increase to $3.556M - which would have matched the highest paid kicker in the NFL, the Jets' Nick Folk, who was himself tagged last week.
Hauschka signed a one-year deal last season as a restricted free agent and will likely be looking for a multi-year contract. From the outside looking in, Seattle seems to really love "Hausch-money" and his steady and consistent kicking, but evidently not enough to pay him over three times what he was making last year.
Still, look for Seattle to try and sign him to a multi-year deal. While, generally speaking, kickers are relatively replaceable as far as positional groups go, Hauschka has proven to be pretty cool under pressure so the club may value that. Pete Carroll in particular really places a lot of focus on special teams, so he may view Hauschka as a high priority this offseason.