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Holmgren's Attempt To Keep Brown Failed

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KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - If Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren
shakes his head as he watches the placekicking battle between
Olindo Mare and Brandon Coutu this summer, it may not be because
he's unhappy with either guy.
He's disappointed there is even a competition.
Seattle's one-time general manager says he uncharacteristically
got involved in contract negotiations with former kicker Josh Brown
during free agency in March ... to no avail.
Brown signed instead with the rival St. Louis Rams for $14.2
million with a $4 million signing bonus, the league's largest for a
kicker. The deal was worth only about $200,000 more than what the
Seahawks were offering to keep their remarkably accurate long-range
weapon on field goals.
Holmgren says he's disappointed Brown is gone from Seattle. He
believes a lack of understanding among the Seahawks, Brown and
Brown's agents led to Brown's departure. Brown played his first
four NFL seasons for the Seahawks.
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