Ryan Longwell, a 15-year NFL veteran who has not been in uniform this season, will sign with the Seattle Seahawks after a tryout Tuesday during which he outperformed competition from three other kickers, including Neil Rackers, according to sources.
The Seahawks signed Longwell for Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons because regular kicker Steven Hauschka suffered a calf injury against the Washington Redskins and his availability is in jeopardy.
The Seahawks will monitor Hauschka’s performance in practice as well as the improvement on his calf before deciding whether he or Longwell is active Sunday.
JAGUARS: Have hired Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell as general manager, charging him with turning around one of the league’s worst teams.
His first move will be deciding the fate of coach Mike Mularkey.
Owner Shad Khan tabbed Caldwell on Tuesday, a day after a third interview. FoxSports.com first reported the hire, saying the two sides are negotiating financial terms.
Caldwell is now expected to make a decision on Mularkey, who went 2-14 in his first season in Jacksonville and has lost 20 of his last 23 games as a head coach.
Khan gave Mularkey’s assistants permission to search for other jobs last week, an indication that he doesn’t expect to retain Mularkey or his staff.
Then again, Caldwell and Mularkey have a relationship stemming from their time in Atlanta.
Before becoming the Falcons’ director of player personnel in 2012, Caldwell spent four seasons as Atlanta’s director of college scouting — the same four years Mularkey served as offensive coordinator. Caldwell replaced Les Snead, who was hired as St. Louis’ general manager last offseason.
EAGLES: Sticking with their plan for an exhaustive search to replace Andy Reid, Philadelphia added Lovie Smith to its list of candidates.
The Eagles will interview Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday, making him just the second former head coach to be considered for the job.
The Eagles, who fired Andy Reid after 14 seasons, also plan to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this week. They’ve also received permission to interview Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Arians returned to the hospital Tuesday in Indianapolis for treatment of an inner ear infection, according to a league source.
The source said Arians will be released today and will start confirming head coach interview dates Tuesday night.
COWBOYS: Receiver Dez Bryant has undergone surgery on his broken left index finger after postponing the procedure for the final three games of the season.
The team reported Tuesday’s successful surgery on its Web site.