Former Seahawks kicker John Kasay retires

John Kasay

John Kasay’s first step in the NFL was with the Seahawks, but his last was as a member of the Panthers.

After 20 seasons, 1,970 points and 461 field goals, the longtime kicker retired Tuesday.

Kasay was a fourth-round draft choice by the Seahawks in 1991 – when Chuck Knox was the coach, Dave Krieg was the quarterback and Terry Wooden was the team’s leading tackler. He scored 341 points during his four seasons in Seattle before signing with the expansion Panthers as a free agent in 1995. He remained with the Panthers through the 2010 season and is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

That’s why, despite kicking for the Saints in 2011 and sitting out last season, Kasay signed a one-day contract with the Panthers so he could retire as a member of the team.

Kasay leaves the game ranked sixth in NFL history in field goals, fifth in field-goal percentage (.819), eighth in points and tied for second in field goals of 50-plus yards (42).

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