Veteran place kicker Stephen Hauschka is now a member of the Buffalo Bills’ special teams unit. However, prior to signing a contract with the Bills, Hauschka notably spent the last six years of his NFL career suiting up for the Seattle Seahawks.
As a result, the veteran special teamer was surprised when the franchise elected to part ways with him this offseason.
“I thought it was interesting that direction that they would go in,” said Hauschka, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. ”But I’m not really concerned about that anymore because my job’s just to go out there and kick and that really doesn’t have anything to do with me now. But, yeah, it was definitely an interesting move.”
Prior to arriving in Seattle, the now 31-year-old spent the 2009-2010 season as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, his only season outside of the Seahawks’ roster as it stands today.
“I just think that at the end of the day, football is a business and teams are going to do what they need to do to get victories,” Hauschka added. “And if that means maybe saving a little money on that position, then so be it.”
However, Hauschka did miss four field goal attempts and six extra-point attempts in what would become his final go-round in Seattle in 2016-2017.
“It’s definitely been an adjustment,” Hauschka said of the elongated extra-point attempts. “You look around the league, there have been a few guys who have their challenges with it. I’m looking forward to figuring it out, because it’s not the same as it used to be.”