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    Steelers Free Agent Decisions: Jeff Reed
    Re-signing Reed top priority
    Friday, January 29, 2010
    By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    There aren't many certainties for the Steelers when it comes to deciding what to do with some of their top unrestricted free agents. It remains unclear if they will use a franchise tag on five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton, and they will be in no hurry to re-sign running back Willie Parker or cornerback Deshea Townsend, even though they would take both players back at a reduced rate if they don't sign with another team.

    But one thing is certain: Their top priority before free agency begins March 5 is to sign kicker Jeff Reed to a new contract. They intend to accomplish that before doing anything else, and that is fine by Reed, who has maintained all along his desire to remain with the Steelers.


    A look at the other free agents the Steelers must decide on in anticipation of the start of free agency on March 5:

    Sunday: Nose Tackle Casey HAMPTON

    Monday: Safety Ryan CLARK

    Tuesday: Running Back Willie PARKER

    Wednesday: Cornerback Deshea TOWNSEND

    Thursday: Right Tackle Willie COLON

    Today: Kicker Jeff REED

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    Reed said that he has met with "the most important people in the organization" -- president Art Rooney II, director of football operations Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin -- "and they all said they definitely want me back. They want me to retire a Steeler. Sounds like a good plan to me."

    He has been one of the National Football League's most accurate and dependable kickers since his rookie season in 2002, despite kicking outdoors in the Northeast. His career field goal percentage of 83.26 percent (189 of 227) -- seventh among all active kickers -- ranks ninth in NFL history among kickers with 100 or more field goals.

    In a season in which the NFL's field-goal percentage dropped from 84.5 in 2008 to 81.3, Reed's conversion percent of 87.1 (27 of 31) was second only to San Diego's Nate Kaeding (91.4) among kickers with 30 or more attempts. And that after a rare bad performance in Week 2 in Chicago in which Reed missed attempts of 38 and 43 yards in the fourth quarter.

    After that game, he never missed again from inside 50 yards, converting all 24 attempts. In fact, his only misses after the Chicago loss were from 52 and 53 yards, the latter on a cold December day at Heinz Field.

    Since 2007, Reed has converted 88.2 percent of his attempts (75 of 85) -- the same success rate as Kaeding (83 of 94), the percentage leader in league history, in that time.

    But Reed's greatest attribute might be his ability to deliver when it matters most -- a quality that was underscored in the past couple weeks when kickers such as Kaeding, Cincinnati's Shayne Graham and Arizona's Neil Rackers missed field-goal attempts at critical junctures of playoff games. Reed has never missed a field goal in the postseason (16 of 16) and is 22 of 25 in the final two minutes or in overtime of a regular-season game.

    "The last three years, if you look at what I've done, I'm very proud of that," Reed said Thursday from Charlotte, N.C., where he is visiting his family. "I've never been to the Pro Bowl. I don't necessarily like it when I'm not mentioned among the best kickers in the league."

    Conceivably, the Steelers could place a franchise or transition tag on Reed and keep him for one more season. But a franchise tag for kickers/punters before the 2009 season (average of top five salaries) was $2,483,000. A transition tag for kickers/punters (average of top 10 salaries) was $2,264,000.

    Reed's 2009 salary was $1,375,000, though he counted $1,973,334 against the salary cap. A year earlier, his cap value of $1,958,333 ranked ninth among NFL kickers.

    "I'm very loyal to the Steelers," Reed said. "No matter what has happened in the past, the organization has treated me very respectfully and made me feel like it's home."



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    Default Re: Steelers Free Agent Decisions: Jeff Reed

    I dunno...I'd save the money and draft Brett Swenson.
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    I dunno...I'd save the money and draft Brett Swenson.
    I agree! But man will you get flogged for daring to draft a kicker!

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    I agree! But man will you get flogged for daring to draft a kicker!
    Not in the 6-7th round.
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    Sign Reed for a lower contract than expected. I wouldn't mind having him around. Hell, get a specialist for KOs for that matter.... If not, bring in undrafted guys for tryouts just as they did when they found him... Don't waste a draft pick.
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    Sign Reed for a lower contract than expected. I wouldn't mind having him around. Hell, get a specialist for KOs for that matter.... If not, bring in undrafted guys for tryouts just as they did when they found him... Don't waste a draft pick.
    You could say the same thing about punters...
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    Default Re: Steelers Free Agent Decisions: Jeff Reed

    Offer him 10 mil for 5 years. Stretch the bonus out.

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    Default Re: Steelers Free Agent Decisions: Jeff Reed

    Reed is, believe it or not, an asset to this team...He's been kicking in HF for years now and he's "pretty reliable." He took some unfair criticism this year (not so much the Bears game...everybody can have an "off" day), but more attention to his ability to make a play on KO/KR. Granted, I was one of us who screamed at the TV when he couldnt make a play in that facet. However, at the end of the day, if your kicker has to make a play on a KR, the coverage unit has some SERIOUS holes.

    The one thing that bugs me...I've seen this cat shirtless in TMZ-type party pics. He's got a better physical build than most NFL kickers...time to use those "beer muscles" on KR's and make a ****ing play...at least shove a guy out of bounds!

    Either way, he's paid to be dependable in KICKING FG's...and he's done enough(IMHO) in the toughest place to kick in the NFL. Give him a reasonable contract, so we dont have a "Todd Peterson" type breakdown next year on the FG unit.

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    Default Re: Steelers Free Agent Decisions: Jeff Reed

    A Todd Peterson type breakdown in the kicking game will surely cost this team a shot at the playoffs next year.

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    This is his second alchohol/police incident in one year.Is he going to get suspended for 2-4 games because of it?That could have a bearing on his contract.He may be a harmless drunk(unless you hold paper towels)which i don't have a real problem with.But with some of the pictures and striking a fighting pose(giving him the benefit of the doubt)while a police officer is preforming his duties,he is a stupid drunk also.If Goodell doesn't get him this time,he will for sure lay down the law next time and I don't know if the uncertanty is worth it.

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    This is his second alchohol/police incident in one year.Is he going to get suspended for 2-4 games because of it?That could have a bearing on his contract.He may be a harmless drunk(unless you hold paper towels)which i don't have a real problem with.But with some of the pictures and striking a fighting pose(giving him the benefit of the doubt)while a police officer is preforming his duties,he is a stupid drunk also.If Goodell doesn't get him this time,he will for sure lay down the law next time and [HIGH-LIGHT]I don't know if the uncertanty is worth it[/HIGH-LIGHT].
    No way, ain't gonna happen, Goodell won't do anything. How can he when he let Holmes go scot free after admittingly having possession of an illegal substance?

    Who had the worse offenses?

    Blunt lost money..missed a game...team suspension. League did nothing.

    Team did nothing to Reed but maybe some warnings, didn't want him to miss a game. League did nothing.

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    A Todd Peterson type breakdown in the kicking game will surely cost this team a shot at the playoffs next year.
    So true, so true...re-sign the guy despite his off-field antics

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    Reed has to be found guilty before Goodell can do a **** thing.

    His lawyer has claimed it was an unjustifiable arrest, as did Holmes' atty when Holmes was areested.

    As we all know, or should know, Holmes' charges were dismissed because his stop was declared as unconstitutional (cop admitted to racial profiling).

    Let's wait and see what happens with Reed....

    I bet he walks away too.

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    I wouldn't mind signing a kicker via the draft. As long as the guy is money and can kick off deep enough to help our team. Why not use a draft pick ? Look how many high draft picks we have made that never turned out.

    Reed is good at field goals but why not ask for more from a guy that hardly sees the field other than field goals and kick offs ?

    The headache this guys seems to be, his weak leg on kickoffs, time to turn the corner possibly. And remember when he is kicking the short kickoffs, line drives, not allowing our special teams to make the coverage plus, maybe he will be suspended a few games and we need to deal with a subpar kicker. A kicker that might not make the field goals and we lose the game. A game we lost because of Reed in the first place. Remember you and the team wanted him along with the old and new luggage.
    If we get a sub kicker in place of Reed that has been sat out because of Goodell, our subpar kicker will probably miss some points. Might as well let the new draft pick get over his butterflies and miss a couple too. After that, we can possibly have the guy that is better for the team.

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    Default Re: Steelers Free Agent Decisions: Jeff Reed

    If we re-sign Skippy, then his coach should go straight to work on kick-offs. I'm prepared to cout the two failures at field goals in Chicago as an aberrational day. Kick-offs have been an issue of some crappiness for years.

    Plus, if he is re-signed it should be reinforced on his memory that if he behaves like a pratt, he's going to get the order of the boot.
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