Former CFL kicker and punter Richie Leone has a workout scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks, according to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji.
Seattle improved to 5-0 on Sunday Night Football as Jason Myers handles kicking duties and Michael Dickson punting. Currently, Seattle does not have another kicker or punter on the active roster or practice squad.
Leone signed a practice roster contract with Arizona on Monday, September 7. He was set free after the Cardinals’ Week 1 win against San Francisco. He also worked out for the Baltimore Ravens, however no contract came after the session.
Leone made use of the agreement between the CFL and CFL Players’ Association after the cancelled 2020 season and opted out of his contract with the Ottawa Redblacks in August. He re-signed for one-year with Ottawa last off-season, the contract was set to expire in February 2021.
Leone is a three-time CFL all-star punter, leading the three-down league in punting average in 2015 and 2016 (49.5 and 49.3) and East Division in 2019 (48.4). The 28-year-old Leone has played 71 career games north of the border punting 472 times for 22,809 gross yards (48.3 average) — 83 yards is Leone’s longest career punt.
Leone received an invite to the 2014 NFL combine, however, he went unselected in that year’s draft out of the University of Houston. He went to training camp with the Baltimore Ravens, but was released among final training camp cuts.
After the 2016 CFL season, Leone inked a deal with the Cards, however, he was waived among the final roster moves following training camp and afterwards signed a free agent pact with Ottawa.
If Seattle needs a versatile capable option, Leone could be a fit.