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Packers claim the former Seahawks, Rams K Sam Ficken



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Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby may have some competition this offseason.

The Packers called on kicker Sam Ficken to waive the Seattle Seahawks exemptions, the team announced Monday.

Ficken signed a futures contract with the Seahawks in January. He was released by the team on Saturday, April 13.

Ficken spent time with the Los Angeles Rams both in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He made 2 of 3 field goals and 4 of 5 extra points in 2017 and then logged in 1 of 3 field goals and 10 extra points. before being eliminated in 2018. He also handled the launch duties for the Rams in all four games between the two seasons.

Ficken, an undrafted free agent from Penn State, participated in the rookie minicamp of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and was then signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars to training camp. He clung to the Rams in 2017 after kicker Greg Zuerlein was injured.

Ficken set the Penn State school record for most consecutive field goals achieved (15). He made several kicks, including the winner of the game against Wisconsin in 2012.

Ficken could provide the Packers with the competition this offseason for Crosby, who missed seven kicks and two extra points last season. The veteran kicker turns 35 in September and is entering the final year of his contract in 2019.

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