Not only did the Seattle Seahawks release punter Jon Ryan after ten years with the team, they’ve also settled on the placekicker spot.
The Seahawks announced on Monday that they’ve released ex-Jaguars kicker Jason Myers, who was in competition with Sebastian Janikowski throughout training camp and into preseason.
Janikowski has $600,000 in guaranteed money this season, and a contract worth up to about $2 million, whereas Myers was signed to a futures contract and was not guaranteed any money. The former Raiders mainstay was always the favorite to win the job, especially with Myers not performing particularly well in Jacksonville.
So for the 2018 season, it’ll be Sebastian Janikowski as the placekicker, with Michael Dickson as the holder. Janikowski is 40 years old and is one of only three active players from the 2000 NFL Draft, with Shane Lechler and Tom Brady as the other two. He was the first kicker chosen that year, and famously the most recent kicker or punter to be chosen in the first-round. Dickson is just 22 years old and the first punter chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft, as Seattle moved up in the fifth-round to take him.
The departures of Ryan and Myers opened up two free roster spots, and the Seahawks filled those by re-signing CB Elijah Battle, as well as WR Marvin Bracy.