Seahawks don’t match Buffalo’s offer to Lindell

Buffalo acquired restricted free-agent kicker after the Seattle did not match the offer sheet he signed with the on March 17.

Lindell’s agent, Paul Sheehy, said published reports of a four-year deal were accurate.

Last season, Lindell scored a career-high 107 points and connected on 23 of 29 field goals. In three seasons, he has made 58 of 78 field goals and has never missed an extra point. Lindell has made six game-winning field goals and is 7 of 12 in his career on field goals of 50 yards or longer.

Lindell is not worried about the swirling winds that are common in Ralph Wilson Stadium during the winter. He played at Washington State and kicked for two years at Husky Stadium while the ‘ new facility was being built.

“For me it’s just about kicking the ball,” Lindell said.

Buffalo couldn’t re-sign kicker , who had 115 points last year and made 25 of 33 field goals.

Lindell said he liked the open nature of Buffalo special teams coach Danny Smith.

“I could bring up something maybe I had a concern with,” Lindell said.

Lindell’s breakthrough season in 2002 came after an up-and-down season in 2001, when he made 20 of 32 field goals. After several key misses, coach Mike Holmgren auditioned other kickers. While Lindell said that didn’t bother him, the new start excites him.

“It’s not breaking my heart that I’m leaving (Seattle),” said Lindell, who was born in Vancouver, Wash., and just bought a house near Seattle.