The Seahawks are left with one kicker (Myers) on the 90-man roster following the release of Sam Ficken on Friday. Myers and Ficken were poised to embark on a battle for the kicker job in Seattle. However, before the offseason program could begin next week, the Seahawks cast their lot with Myers, at least for the time being. In 54 games between the Jaguars and Jets the past four years, he made 84.3 percent of his field-goal attempts (97 of 115). Meanwhile, after missing seven point-after tries from the longer distance in 2015, he's missed just eight over the last three years.
Myers agreed in principle with the Seahawks on Wednesday on a four-year deal worth around $15-to-16 million, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. The Seahawks have swooped in to sign a kicker in Myers who earned a Pro Bowl nod for his work with the Jets last season. The Marist product drilled 30 of 36 field-goal attempts and connected on 30 of 33 point-after attempts across 16 games. It's unclear how much guaranteed money Myers' deal contains, but the reported financial commitment would make him a top-10 kicker in terms of average annual salary. He's slated to replace incumbent Sebastian Janikowski (thigh), who is a free agent.
Myers announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he won't be returning to the Jets in 2019. The Jets already made one of the biggest splashes of the offseason with the addition of running back Le'Veon Bell, but apparently weren't willing to pay the going rate for their Pro Bowl kicker on the open market. Myers should draw plenty of interest after knocking down 33 of 36 field-goal attempts last season, including a 6-of-7 mark from beyond 50 yards.
Myers connected on his lone field-goal try in Sunday's 38-3 loss to New England, finishing his season with 33 makes on 36 attempts. The Jets turned down multiple field-goal opportunities in lieu of failed fourth-down gambles, but Myers was true from 40 yards out on his lone kick of the afternoon. There will likely be mutual interest from team and player in a 2019 reunion, as the pending free agent posted the best season of his career after latching on with Gang Green on a one-year pact in 2018.
Myers (left hip) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Patriots after returning to a full practice Friday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports. The Jets had worked out some other kickers just in case, but Myers, who is fifth in the league among players at his position with 126 points, is slated to play Sunday. That said, the Jets offense heads into Week 17 with a shorthanded wideout corps, with both Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Jermaine Kearse (Achilles) on the shelf for the team's season finale.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New Orleans Saints||1||5.72|
|5||10/04||Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|
|9||11/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.38|
|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||23||7.44|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|
|17||12/29||San Francisco 49ers||23||7.44|