The Seahawks have had issues with kickers the last two years. That problem was fixed when Seattle signed free agent Jason Myers.
If the Seahawks had only held on to kicker Jason Myers last offseason, Seattle would have already fixed their problem with special teams. Of course, Seattle had veteran Sebastian Janikowski in camp and decided to go with a more known commodity. There was nothing wrong with that really. Myers hadn’t done much in his short NFL career and Janikowski had.
Myers, though, was excellent in 2018 with the New York Jets. He signed with the Jets after Seattle let him go. Myers made the Pro Bowl after making 33 of 36 field goal attempts. He was six for seven beyond 50 yards. It appears Seattle has fixed any issues at kicker for several years. Myers signed Myers for four years and up to $15.5 million. $7 million of the contract is guaranteed.
The question now after signing Myers is does Seattle have the best special teams unit in the NFL? Seattle may have one of the two or three best punters already in the league with Michael Dickson. Or Dickson may be the best. The same could be said of Myers. He could be the best kicker in the league.
But beyond just field goal attempts, Myers also excels at kickoffs. Basically, most of the time when Myers kicks off the other team doesn’t have a chance to return the ball. Seattle has struggled with coverage the last couple of seasons. Myers instantly fixes that. Last year, Janikowski was extremely inconsistent in the depths of his kickoffs. In fact, Seattle even trotted Dickson out some times to attempt a better kick off.
Tyler Lockett is also very good at returning the ball when the opposing team kicks to Seattle. Lockett has been a Pro Bowl returner. The Seahawks now have a Pro Bowl punter, kicker and return specialist. Instead of an iffy aspect of the team, with the signing of Myers Seattle might have just transformed its special teams into the best unit in the NFL.