Seahawks Place Franchise Tag on Olindo Mare

The Seattle Seahawks have placed the franchise tag on kicker Olindo Mare.

The Seattle Seahawks have placed the franchise tag on kicker Olindo Mare.

Mare, 36, has converted 48 of his 53 field goal attempts since signing a two-year deal with the Seahawks on March 27, 2008. Mare has also been successful on all 58 of his extra point attempts, while proving to be a valuable weapon in the field position battle with 44 touchbacks over the last two seasons.

Mare earned $1.5 million dollars last season, and if a multi-year deal can't be reached, would earn $2.814 million dollars guaranteed in 2010.

During his 13-year career, which began when the Miami Dolphins signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse in 1997, Mare is 303-for-373 (81.2%) on field goal attempts, with a career long of 54 yards.

Mare was named first-team All-Pro and earned Pro Bowl honors following the 1999 season.

Mare spent 10 seasons with the Dolphins before he was traded to the New Orleans Saints for a sixth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Mare injured his leg late in the '07 campaign, and was placed on injured reserve. He signed with the Seahawks the following off-season, beating out Brandon Coutu, who the Seahawks chose in the 7th round of that year's draft, for the kicking duties during a training camp battle.

Like punter Jon Ryan, who signed a six-year, $9.1 million dollar contract after the regular season, Mare was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2009.

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