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Seattle releases veteran P Rouen

KIRKLAND, Wash. (June 19, 2006) -- The Seattle Seahawks released veteran punter Tom Rouen after the 13-year veteran played in 12 games for the NFC champions last year.

Rouen signed with Seattle on Oct. 5, taking over for Leo Araguz, who was released. Rouen averaged 41.6 yards on 62 kicks, including 20 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. In the playoffs, Rouen averaged 45.4 yards on 15 kicks, including a 50.2-yard average in Seattle's 21-10 loss to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.

Rouen played in 16 games for Seattle in 2003 and four games in 2004 before being sidelined with a hamstring injury. He averaged 41.5 yards per kick in his 32 games with Seattle.

The 38-year-old Rouen originally entered the league in 1991 with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent and then played nine-plus seasons for Denver. He also played for the Giants and Pittsburgh in 2002.

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