Washington State is back on the board with another undrafted free agent deal, this time the World Champion Seattle Seahawks have signed former Cougar kicker Andrew Furney.
As cool as it is that Furney was signed in Seattle, there is virtually no way he sticks in the Northwest, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Seahawks signed their nearly perfect kicker Steven Hauschka to a three-year, $9.15 million deal earlier just a few weeks ago. Hausch-money has made 57 of 62 field goals the past two years and a third of that contract is guaranteed so Pete Carroll and the Hawks are basically giving Furney a tryout for the rest of the league.
I suppose he could end up on the Seahawks’ practice squad as insurance but rarely during the season does an NFL team hold on to a second kicker for such a purpose. Still, Furney (a 2013 All Pac-12 Honorable Mention) is a quality NFL kicking prospect with a pretty darn solid career field goal percentage at Washington State and could land a spot somewhere by kicking consistently this Fall and preseason. The Seahawks are most likely going to keep Hauschka off the field as much as possible, which will open the door for a great audition period.
We know he’ll do just that as there have been a surprising amount of inaccurate kickers in the league these past two to three years and could use a quality leg. Furney made Gil Brandt’s list of “49 no-name prospects on the rise in the 2014 NFL Draft“.
2013: 16 of 20 (80.0%) FGs; 49 of 50 PATs; 97 points
2012: 14 of 20 (70.0%) FGs; 25 of 26 PATs; 67 points
2011: 14 of 16 (87.5%) FGs; 39 of 41 PATs; 81 points
2010: 3 of 5 (60.0%) FGs; 18 of 18 PATs; 27 points
Blessed to be given the chance to attend #Seahawks mini camp! Starting on this journey God has planned for me with a chip on my shoulder.
— Andrew Furney (@AndrewFurney) May 11, 2014