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    Reed says chances of re-signing '50-50'
    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    [IMGL][/IMGL]Jeff Reed hopes to sign a long-term contract with the Steelers. But the veteran kicker said it is not a foregone conclusion that he will be with the team following the 2010 season.

    The Steelers used the franchise tag on Reed in February to keep the eight-year veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent, and he later signed the one-year, $2.841 million deal that came with the designation.

    The two sides have until July 15 to agree on a new contract, but when recently asked the chances of that happening, Reed said, "fifty-fifty."

    "I want it to happen — they want it to happen — but I'm not just going to sign anything," said Reed, who made 27 of 31 field goal attempts last season.

    The Steelers are not actively negotiating contracts with any players, and Reed did not give a number as far as what he is seeking.

    Sebastian Janikowski may have raised the salary bar for kickers in February when he signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Raiders.

    If the Steelers and Reed do not agree on a new contract before the middle of July, he will play out his existing one and become a free agent.

    "I feel like I'm a pretty valuable kicker to any team," Reed said, "and my heart's set on something specific that I think I'm worth and I won't deviate much from it."

    He said his heart is also set on staying with the Steelers.

    "If you can play your whole career in one uniform, that's pretty commendable," Reed said. "Even more than that this organization's classy, tons of character and top notch. I've heard a lot of stories about other organizations that I don't want to be a part of."
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    I think that all contract negotiations are going to be rethought and retimed to see what happens with the CBA negotiations and the whole 2011 situation.
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    Default Re: Reed says chances of re-signing '50-50'

    Saying 50/50 is about as honest or upstanding as you can be in my opinion. 50/50 is looking at the situation and knowing it could or couldn't happen and why beat your chest over it. Whomever compared the Raiders kicker as a possible benchmark needs to wake up and smell the coffee. If I was a young coach or owner of a football team, I'd do the opposite of the Raiders. Yeah, a big paycheck kicker is going to turn things around for that organization.

    If we lose Reed, I'm not going to lose sleep over it. Maybe we will do better with the next guy ? Maybe the next guy will only make 23 out of 30 field goals but, maybe he will have the leg strength to pin some of those offenses back or at least allow our special teams a chance.

    I remember the interview with Cowher when they picked Reed to be our next kicker and the reporter asked, " how or what helped you to make the decission on choosing Reed ? " Cowher responded, " none of them distinguished theirselves over the other guy during tryouts so when it came down to what person to pick I just walked by and pointed at Jeff. "

    I wonder who the other guys were and what they are doing now ?

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