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Jon Ryan to sign with Buffalo Bills, reunite with Stephen Hauschka

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It did not take very long for former Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan to find his new team.

Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that Ryan is flying out to Buffalo and will sign with the Bills upon arrival. This comes after backup punter Cory Carter tore his ACL in the Bills’ win against the Cleveland Browns last week. Colton Schmidt is pretty much the default #1, but Ryan will be looking to supplant Schmidt over the next two weeks.

The 36-year-old Ryan was granted his release request by the Seahawks on Monday, as he looked to get a head start on finding a new team once it was apparent that he was going to lose his job to rookie sensation Michael Dickson. Ryan wrote an emotional statement thanking Seahawks fans, the organization, and the city of Seattle after ten seasons with the team, including a Super Bowl win, and an NFC Championship Game touchdown pass.

It’s almost fitting that Ryan is Buffalo-bound, as back in 2008 it was Ryan Plackemeier’s awful season-opening performance against the Bills (including a punt return touchdown allowed to Roscoe Parrish) that led former GM Tim Ruskell to ditch Plackemeier and bring in Ryan.

This move also reunites Ryan with Stephen Hauschka, who signed with the Bills in free agency last season and went 29/33 on field goals, and perfect on his 29 extra points, something that plagued him in his final two years in Seattle.