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.
Seahawks players and coaches took three charter buses to Northwestern University, where they held their usual Saturday walkthru in an indoor practice facility before heading to Soldier Field for a brief stop to reacquaint themselves with the stadium where they defeated the Bears back in Week 6.
Seahawks players including Tyler Polumbus, Will Herring, Michael Robinson and Justin Forsett make their way to an indoor practice facility at Northwestern University where they held their Saturday walk-thru.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck makes some light throws at the beginning of the workout.
Head coach Pete Carroll strolls the turf at Soldier Field.
Head coach Pete Carroll called his players to the 50-yard line, where he made some final remarks before the team headed back to the hotel. After some time to themselves, the players will gather with the coaching staff for meetings tonight as they make final preparations for tomorrow's game.
The Seahawks returned home to the rowdy support of the 12thMan at Qwest Field as they faced the St. Louis Rams in a Week 17, winner-take-all contest to see which team would claim the NFC West title and a trip to the playoffs.
Seahawks quarterback and team captain Matt Hasselbeck took center stage in the locker room before the game.
Starting safety Lawyer Milloy is a study in concentration in the dark of the tunnel before being the last player introduced to a roaring crowd and national television audience.
Seattle's offense started fast, with a wide-open Ruvell Martin making a 61-yard catch from Charlie Whitehurst in front of the St. Louis sideline to set up a first quarter touchdown.
Charlie Whitehurst made his second career NFL start matter, leading the Seahawks efficiently and without turnovers.
Wide receiver Mike Williams was wide open on the left side of the end zone and scored Seattle's only touchdown on a pass from Charlie Whitehurst.
Williams then saluted the 12thMan as an NBC camera beamed his pose to the rest of the country.
Head coach Pete Carroll congratulates Williams after the touchdown.
Matt McCoy gets pumped after one of his four tackles on special teams against the Rams.
Raheem Brock played his best game as a Seahawk, leveling St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford for a sack on this play with teammate Chris Clemons.
Chris Clemons celebrates after the sack.
Clemons again brought pressure on Bradford, this time forcing an incomplete pass as the Rams tried to score after a Seattle turnover.
Head coach Pete Carroll praised all three aspects of his team's play -- offense, defense and special teams. Free safety Earl Thomas made a diving tackle on Rams return specialist Danny Amendola, flipping him through the air.
Linebacker Will Herring made the game's biggest defensive play, intercepting a pass by St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford in the fourth quarter which set the stage for Seattle's final scoring drive.
Seattle's Marshawn Lynch was key in the fourth quarter as he carried the ball ten times on a 13-play drive to help seal the victory.
Seattle kicker Olindo Mare kicked three second half field goals including a final 34-yard effort with 1:41 left in the game to cement the win.
Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and fellow assistants celebrate Mare's field goal with gave the Seahawks a 16-6 lead.
Quarterbacks Charlie Whitehurst and Matt Hasselbeck share a laugh on the sideline near the end of the game.
Head coach Pete Carroll lets out a holler along with assistants Gus Bradley (left) and Dan Quinn (right) as the game clock ticks down to 00:00.
Defensive tackle Craig Terrill, wearing a hat proclaiming the Seahawks as NFC West Champions, runs over to the stands to give his wife Rachel a kiss before heading to the locker room.
Center Chris Spencer presented the game ball to head coach Pete Carroll, who returned the Seahawks to the top of the NFC West and back to the playoffs in his first season with the team.
Carroll pauses to collect his thoughts as the team gathered around him in the locker room following the emotional victory.
Carroll congratulated his players, coaches and staff on the win, then reminded them that a bigger challenge awaited as a rematch with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints was less than a week away.
General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, who made 275 personnel moves since taking over, congratulate each other in the locker room after winning the division title.
The Seahawks returned to Qwest Field in Week 15 for a matchup with the NFC leading Atlanta Falcons.
In the locker room hours before kickoff, safety Lawyer Milloy wraps black tape around his shoe and ankle.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and head coach Pete Carroll confer in the locker room before the game.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant does his pregame stretching as the low winter sun cast his long shadow across the turf.
Even though receiver Deon Butler is lost for the season with a broken leg, the team's equipment staff prepared his locker as usual.
Butler entered the locker room via wheelchair aided by assistant equipment manager Kyle Stillwell. At right is Butler's close friend Aaron Curry.
Defensive leader Lawyer Milloy followed injured defensive end Red Bryant (right) with an impassioned pregame speech to the team moments before taking the field.
Running backs Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch make their way through the fog blanketing the tunnel used in pregame introductions.
Tight end Cameron Morrah is upended by Atlanta's Thomas DeCloud during the Seahawks opening scoring drive.
The Seahawks stuff Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan's sneak attempt on fourth down, but officials ruled for a first down which was upheld after a Seahawks challenge.
Seahawks fans show their displeasure with the ruling on the field after Seattle believed it had stopped the Falcons on fourth down.
Linebacker Will Herring forces a fumble by Atlanta's Jason Snelling, but the Seahawks were unable to recover the loose ball.
Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux provided a highlight with this interception of a Matt Ryan pass.
Babineaux returned the interception 27 yards to set up a field goal by the Seahawks Olindo Mare.
Seahawks linebacker Raheem Brock drives Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan into the turf.
Seattle's Aaron Curry celebrates a defensive play.
The Sea Gals dressed in festive attire for the game, which is the last home game before the holidays.
Charlie Whitehurst entered the game in the second half and engineered a scoring drive capped by his one-yard touchdown run.
Head coach Pete Carroll speaks to the team in the locker room following the defeat.
The Seahawks hoped to retain their position atop the NFC West with a victory over the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs, but struggled and fell 42-24 in front of the home crowd at Qwest Field.
In the Seahawks locker room before the game, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck gets his pads adjusted by assistant coach Pat McPherson.
Offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus waits outside of the team's locker room next to a 12th Man flag signed by fans.
The Sea Gals were flying high during their pregame routine at midfield prior to the introduction of the teams.
Taima the Hawk flies out of the tunnel moments before Lofa Tatupu and the rest of the Seahawks are introduced to a raucous crowd at Qwest Field.
Rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung gets the crowd pumped up as he is introduced during pregame.
Wide receiver Golden Tate tries to make a one-handed grab along the sideline but the ball fell incomplete.
Kansas City tight end Mike Cox tries to steady himself after being upended by Seattle defenders
Seattle's Kentwan Balmer blocks a field goal by Kansas City's Ryan Succop in the first half, one of two big plays by the Seahawks special teams.
Seattle's Kelly Jennings dives over Kansas City holder Dustin Colquitt to recover the blocked field goal.
Seattle's Junior Siavii (94) and Raheem Brock (98) celebrate after the Seahawks blocked a Kansas City field goal.
Kansas City punter Dustin Colquitt attempts a punt that is blocked by Seahawks special teamer Kennard Cox in the second quarter.
Seattle's Earl Thomas scoops up the blocked punt and returns it 10-yards for a touchdown.
Seattle's special teams continued to dominate with Will Herring (54) and Justin Forsett (20) making a jarring tackle.
Seattle's Will Herring celebrates with his tongue out after making a big hit.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck throws while under pressure from Kansas City's Wallace Gilberry (92).
Seattle receiver Deon Butler flies out of bounds after making a catch near the goal line but was unable to keep both feet inbounds and the catch was ruled incomplete.
Seahawks tight end Chris Baker spikes the ball emphatically after scoring on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter.
Qwest Field was a gorgeous site to behold from a weather standpoint, as sunny skies and early winter light shone down on the arches of the stadium.
Tight End Cameron Morrah, making a tough grab while falling on near the sideline as Kansas City cornerback Brandon Carr tries to defend.
Morrah appears to land inbounds with the reception but officials ruled him out of bounds and the Seahawks did not have enough evidence to challenge the ruling.
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu continued his fine play, getting behind the Kansas City secondary to haul in an 87-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck walks off the field after throwing one of three interceptions on the afternoon.
Seahawks fans came away disappointed with their team's second home loss in as many games. Carolina comes to town next weekend.
In the locker room after the game, coach Pete Carroll told his team that "this is not how we want to play" and that they would start fresh on Monday morning in preparation for the Carolina Panthers.