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Seattle Seahawks sign ex-Vikings kicker Blair Walsh

With Trevone Boykin’s legal trouble and the lack of experience behind , the Seahawks are in the market for a veteran backup quarterback. Adding as an insurance policy is logical for both sides. The quarterback has the support of the major players in Seattle’s locker room and could fit in the run-based offense if he needed to play due to injury to Wilson.

It might not happen right now, but Kaepernick signing in Seattle at some point this summer makes the most sense of any potential landing spot for the quarterback.

Peterson is an interesting fit for the Seahawks, who, despite favoring a brand of power football, still run many of their plays from the shotgun — a slightly less favorable starting point for Peterson than a straightforward I formation or single back formation where the quarterback is under center. A nice explainer from the Star-Tribune in Minnesota can be found here.

Behind Tony Romo, the 31-year-old running back has been the subject of most curiosity since the start of the new league year. A steady stream of ideal destinations has been released from the running back’s camp, but for the time being, there has been little movement. Now, a picture of realistic suitors for the seven-time Pro Bowler may start emerging.

Walsh missed four field goals and four extra points in 2016 before being cut in mid-November. After a stellar start to his career in 2012, Walsh struggled the past two regular seasons, missing a combined nine field goal attempts and eight extra points.

The most infamous of Walsh’s misses came in the 2015 postseason, when he blew a chip-shot field goal that cost the Vikings a chance to pull the playoff upset over Seattle in the wild-card round.

Seattle is interested in bringing in a veteran backup behind Russell Wilson. Coach Pete Carroll said last week that Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III were two quarterbacks the team was in contact with about a backup role.

It remains to be seen if their interest would evolve into the team considering to sign Kaepernick. The meeting is the first step in a chance he could get this offseason to show that rumors that he lacks the desire to play were a fabrication. The 29-year-old quarterback would also get a chance to display he’s back in shape after losing weight last offseason due to injury.

Alongside motivated veterans, key parts were added in free agency and through the draft in the first four seasons of the Carroll-John Schneider era. The foundation was set, and we slowly climbed the NFC ranks, staying under the radar until we defeated San Francisco in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, with Richard Sherman announcing himself as a shutdown corner and our team as true contenders. The dominant mindset and play, marked by punishing hits and unwavering confidence, catapulted the Seahawks to the XLVIII mountaintop, and it carried into the next season.

Since the stunning end of Super Bowl XLIX, however, this group hasn’t been the same feared team of old. Consider that Seattle’s average margin of victory last season (3.9 points) was its lowest since 2011, far below the high-water marks established in 2012 (10.4) and 2013 (11.6). After five straight seasons of ranking in the top five in turnover differential, the Seahawks plummeted to 16th last season. Finally, there were the alarmingly punchless performances in the 9-3 loss to the Rams, the 6-6 tie with the Cardinals and the 14-5 defeat to the Bucs. There were glimpses of greatness and gritty play, but it wasn’t on the regular. Yes, it seems my beloved ‘Hawks have lost their swagger.

For the Seahawks, it was a failed chance to be the first repeat champion since the Patriots of the early 2000s. And a chance to finally completely stamp out the memory of Super Bowl XL from their minds (again, we will get to that).

Why did Carroll make this call? I don’t know. Fans of “The Simpsons” will remember the famed episode in which Montgomery Burns builds a softball team of MLB ringers. After Darryl Strawberry had carried the team all day, Burns pulls him for Homer Simpson because he wanted to play the percentages with a righty-lefty matchup. The move worked out perfectly for the Springfield 9, even though the ball hit Homer in the head. Seahawks fans were left scratching their heads. Or worse.