The Seahawks continue to take care of business off the field. Okay, it isn’t as big as Wagner, but it’s big.
In news that will have a far-reaching effect on the success of the franchise of the next few years, the Seahawks made an excellent decision this week. They extended the contract of a key player on the team. I have no doubt this Seattle will reap the dividends of this move for the next few years, at least. That’s right, Tyler Ott is locked up for the next few years!
In other news, the Hawks also gave Bobby Wagner a well-deserved extension. I admit, even I couldn’t carry the charade along any further. Obviously keeping the best linebacker in the game happy in Seattle was a huge deal for the Seahawks. Whether they signed him for as long as they should have is another conversation. But we’re talking about Tyler Ott right now, and for good reason.
If you’ve wandered onto our site and aren’t quite as familiar with the team as you might be, Ott is the long snapper for the Seahawks. Without the long snapper, neither the punter nor the kicker will ever get a chance to touch the ball. Consistency is extremely important at the position. And Ott has been just that in his two previous seasons in Seattle.
With Ott signed to a long-term extension, the core of the Seahawks special teams is set for the near future. Pro Bowl punter Michael Dickson is locked in until 2022. Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers is signed through 2023. As Dickson is the holder for Seattle’s field goal attempts, it’s even more critical that the trio is now locked in as a unit for the foreseeable future.
One side note here. It’s practically not worth mentioning at all, but I thought it was interesting. Ott played some tight end in college, at Harvard. That’s the Harvard for the smaht kids. He pulled down 15 receptions for 188 yards and four scores his senior year. Now, his holder isn’t a quarterback, so it isn’t very likely that we’ll see Dickson pull the ball on and look down the field for his open man. They don’t even throw the ball in Aussie rules, the heathens. Still… keep an eye out.
As I said before, this certainly isn’t as big for the Seahawks as the contract extension for Wagner, or for Russell Wilson, for that matter. But continuity is critical in the exchange on special teams. Seattle already had a fine duo last year in Ott and Dickson. Now they’ve ensured the success will continue for the next few years.