Renton, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks designated kicker Olindo Mare their franchise player, it was announced by the team today.
By placing the franchise tag on Mare, Seattle will tender a minimum of the average salary of the top five kickers in the National Football League, or a 20 percent salary increase, whichever is greater. Mare will be free to negotiate with any other team, but the Seahawks can match any offer or receive two first-round draft choices if they decide not to match.
“We are excited to assure Olindo remains with the team,” said General Manager John Schneider. “It is important to have continuity in the kicking game.”
This season, he was 24-of-26 (.923, 3rd NFL) on field goals and is 48-of-53 in his two seasons in Seattle. Mare also had 100 points (6th NFC), ranked fourth in the NFC (5th NFL) with 22 touchbacks and finished the season with a Seahawks record 21 consecutive field goals made.