Seahawks release longest-tenured player, punter Jon Ryan

Ruben Hill
August 21, 2018

The Seahawks signed the 17-year National Football League veteran in April after he missed all of last season with a back injury.

That leaves veteran Sebastian Janikowski as the lone kicker on Seattle's roster.

The team confirmed the news Monday afternoon. Knowing full well that he was unlikely to make the team after suiting up for the Seattle Seahawks over the past 10 seasons, punter Jon Ryan requested his release from the team.

To fill the two vacant roster spots, the Seahawks brought back two players who spent time with the team during training camp, cornerback Elijah Battle and receiver Marvin Bracy.

Australian rookie punter Michael Dickson has booted the Seattle Seahawks' longest-tenured player off the National Football League team. "I never wanted this day to come, but knew it would someday", Ryan wrote.

When news of his release spread on Monday, thousands of fans took to Twitter to say "thank you" to Seattle's "Ginger Ninja".

Ryan, 36, is the longest-tenured Seahawk, having played under three head coaches in Mike Holmgren, Jim Mora Jr., and Pete Carroll.

Ryan began his career in 2004, when the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers selected him 24th-overall in the Canadian College Draft. That Janikowski beat Myers for the role isn't at all surprising, as it was always expected that he'd capture the job since the latter didn't play that well last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He averaged north of 45 yards per punt last season and remains one of the best punters in the game.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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