Coutu signed

The race to replace veteran kicker Olindo Mare just became a two-legged affair.

Brandon Coutu, a seventh-round draft choice by the Seahawks in 2008, has been signed to challenge rookie free agent Wes Byrum for the job that opened this week when Mare signed with the Carolina Panthers.

Coutu was seven of seven on field goals during his rookie preseason and made the 53-man roster, but he was inactive for every regular-season game as the team went with Mare’s experience and stronger leg. Coutu was released prior to the 2009 season and has been out of the league since then.

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