|Wednesday, September 27, 2000|
Seahawks release rookie kicker, sign another
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks released rookie
kicker Kris Heppner on Tuesday and signed Rian Lindell, who played
for Washington State University.
Lindell was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas
Cowboys this season, but was released after training camp. He was
three for three on field goal attempts in the preseason, including
a longest kick of 45 yards. He also added two extra points.
Heppner, a Great Falls, Mont., native who played at the
University of Montana, connected on six of nine field goal attempts
in the first four games of the season and made all eight of his
extra point attempts.
"It was definitely a shock," Heppner told the Great Falls
Tribune Tuesday night. "But I think my career is only beginning.
Some of the best kickers in the NFL have been cut two or three
times. I'm definitely not done. I can promise you I'm not done."
His $193,000 rookie contract was terminated Tuesday, as well.
Heppner's agent, Ken Staninger, said he'll begin shopping for a
new job for Heppner on Wednesday.
"Clearly the Redskins' situation at kicker is unsettled. The
Cincinnati situation is unsettled, the New York Giants' situation
is unsettled," Staninger said. "I would hope to get him some
workouts with teams. And he qualifies for the development squad,
too, the practice squad. So he's got all kinds of options. Clearly
his career's not over."
Coach Mike Holmgren was unimpressed with his special teams' play
in Sunday's 20-12 victory over San Diego. Heppner got special
scrutiny after missing a 34-yard field goal attempt.
Holmgren had also been unimpressed by Heppner's kickoffs after
giving him the roster spot over five-year veteran Todd Peterson at
the end of training camp.
"The options are, Kris either gets better, or I replace Kris,"
Holmgren said Monday. "Those are the options."