The Seahawks have lost kicker Olindo Mare and versatile linebacker Will Herring in free agency, according to reports.
Mare, who hit a club-record 30 consecutive field goals in 2009-10, has agreed to sign with the Carolina Panthers. The veteran kicker will receive a reported four-year, $12 million deal, and the move also allows him to play closer to his home in Florida.
Mare is expected to replace John Kasay, who kicked for the Seahawks from 1991-94 before joining the Panthers. Kasay is the last remaining player from the Panthers’ inaugural season in 1995.
Herring, a fifth-round draft choice in 2007, has agreed to sign with the New Orleans. This move also allows Herring to play closer to his home in Alabama, and gives him the opportunity to challenge for the starting job.
He started only eight games for the Seahawks, but Herring was a valuable special teams player and also had the versatility to play any of the three linebacking positions. The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that Herring will sign a three-year contract.