Hauschka has been consistent throughout camp so far and has been easily making long-distance kicks as well, Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports. There's really no competition for him, either. The Bills brought in Austin Rehkow, a standout at Idaho, for camp, but the team has recently said he's only in the competition for punting even though the rookie is being spread around other kicking situations to fulfill practice needs. Hauschka's job is just about as secure as any kicker out there entering the season.
Hauschka will sign with the Bills, ESPN.com reports. Per the report, Hauschka's deal with Buffalo will run four years at a cost of $12.4 million. The former Seahawk is thus in line to replace Dan Carpenter, who the Bills let go Tuesday. Hauschka had issues on extra-point attempts over the past two seasons, missing 10 of his 79 attempts, but at the same time, he brings a career 87.2 percent success rate on field-goal attempts to the table and can also handle kickoffs capably.
Hauschka made both of his field-goal attempts and both extra points during Seattle's divisional-round playoff loss to Atlanta. Hauschka was mistake-free on Saturday, but with the Seahawks leaving Atlanta with a loss, the veteran is now set to hit free agency. He played the 2016 season under the last year of a three-year contract extension at a price tag of $2.7 million. Considering he led the league with seven missed PATs this season, don't be surprised if Seattle transitions to a younger and cheaper option at kicker.
Hauschka had a field goal blocked and missed a PAT in a loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, making 1 of 2 field-goal attempts and 2 of 3 extra points. The missed PAT came with a minute to play and would have given the Seahawks a one-point lead. Hauschka has missed five PATs this season, though the first four were blocked. Since joining the Seahawks in 2011, Hauschka has missed 22 field-goal attempts (171 of 193). But 10 have come against the Cardinals (25 of 35). He hasn't missed more than two against any other team.
Hauschka made four field goals and four PATs in a win against the Panthers on Sunday. Hauschka was coming off a three-point dud thanks to a bad Seattle offense in Week 12. The offense turned around Sunday and Hauschka capitalized with a perfect kicking day.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||New York Jets||23||8.00|
|7||10/22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||7.44|
|9||11/03||@New York Jets||23||8.00|
|10||11/12||New Orleans Saints||30||8.88|
|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||32||8.88|
|12||11/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||19||7.41|
|13||12/03||New England Patriots||2||5.53|
|16||12/24||@New England Patriots||2||5.53|