A lot can change in a decade. Ten years ago, Steven Hauschka had never played organized football, now he's the Seahawks placekicker of the future. The 28-year-old signed a new deal with the team on Monday that will keep him in Seattle through the 2016 season.
Hauschka's new contract will pay him $9.15 million over the three years and includes $3.35 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL.com. With an average annual salary of $3.05 million, Hauschka is now one of the 12 kickers in the league who have cracked the $3 million annual salary mark.
"We're extremely excited to be able to re-sign Steven, especially after the incredibly successful season that he had," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement.
That incredibly successful season included two game-winning kicks in overtime and a perfect 8-for-8 showing during Seattle's playoff run. Hauschka went 3-for-3 in the Seahawks 23-15 divisional round playoff win over New Orleans, then followed that up with a 3-for-3 performance in Seattle's 23-17 NFC title game win over San Francisco.
Hauschka's overtime game-winners came iN Week 4 against the Texans and in Week 9 against the Buccaneers. The overtime field goal against Tampa Bay capped a 21-point comeback for Seattle, the largest in franchise history.
Not a bad season for a guy who didn't kick his first football until after his freshman year at Middlebury College.
"I walked on at Middlebury as a sophomore after my roommate told me the football team needed a kicker," Hauschka told the Seahawks official website. "I had to ask the guys on the team how to put the pads on, and how to slip the jersey over the pads. So it's a funny experience to think that I'm here now."