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mesaSteeler
02-17-2010, 06:59 PM
http://www.observer-reporter.com/www/sidelines/index.html
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Free agency look: kickers and tight ends
As I do every offseason, Iíll take a look over the next few weeks at the Steelersí potential free agents and possible veteran replacements or upgrades.

Keep in mind that the Steelers have never been major players on the free agent market. So no matter how much you want them to go out and sign say, Terrell Owens, itís not going to happen.

This week, weíll take a look at the kickers and tight ends.

Steelers potential losses
Jeff Reed, PK, unrestricted
Daniel Sepulveda, P, restricted
Matt Spaeth, TE, restricted

The Steelers have made re-signing Reed one of their offseason priorities and should be able to get something done.

Despite his legal problems Ė at some point, Reed is going to have to grow up Ė heís been one of the more reliable kickers in the NFL. Yes, he missed a couple of kicks in Chicago this season, but heís made a lot more of those kind of kicks that heís missed during his career. And as we saw throughout this seasonís playoffs, thatís a rare commodity.

Sepulveda is heading into his restricted free agent season, while Spaeth will get a second season of restricted free agency when no deal is reached on a collective bargaining agreement before the March 4 deadline.

The Steelers will make tender offers for both.

Sepulveda has struggled somewhat in cold weather, but as he gets the opportunity to do more of it, he should get better. In addition, he was coming off knee surgery on his plant leg in 2009 and should be considerably stronger in 2010.

Spaeth doesnít do any one thing particularly well, but heís a big target and has proven to be a reliable pass catcher when filling in for Heath Miller. Heís too tall to ever be a great blocker - itís just too easy to get up underneath him Ė but the Steelers will likely use David Johnson more as their blocking tight end in 2010.

So what happens if talks with Reed break down?

There are a number of solid kickers who could be on the free agent market March 4.

Leading that group is Cincinnatiís Shayne Graham. I know what youíre thinking, Graham missed some big kicks for the Bengals in the playoffs this season.

But heís also one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history and has a history of kicking at Heinz Field and other cold weather cities. There are conflicting reports about whether the Bengals will make an effort to re-sign him, but if they donít, he would be a good replacement for Reed.

Arizonaís Neil Rackers will also be an unrestricted free agent and it wouldnít be a stretch to see the Cardinals and Steelers basically trade kickers. Remember, former Steelers special teams coach Kevin Spencer is now with the Cardinals and he and Reed had a strong relationship.

Rackers had some groin injury problems in 2009, but has been a very productive kicker for the Cardinals. Heís also averaged nearly one touchback per game for his career.

Jay Feely has kicked for four NFL teams, most recently the Jets, for who he has made 54 of 64 field goals in the past two seasons. In addition, heís also had 17 touchbacks in the past two seasons.

Like Graham, Feely missed a couple of field goal attempts in the Jetsí final playoff game, but one was over 50 yards and his career percentage of 81.6 percent is very good.

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HometownGal
02-17-2010, 08:15 PM
I'll pass on every one of those FA kickers mentioned.

SIGN SKIPPY.

That is all.

Psyychoward86
02-17-2010, 10:12 PM
Clutch is the name to behold among all kickers. Quadzilla needs to stick around a little longer :tt04:

Galax Steeler
02-18-2010, 04:39 AM
Reed is mister clutch we cannot afford to let him go.

steelerzfannforever
02-18-2010, 08:38 PM
Skippy is going to demand a rather hefty contract, but we need to pay him! When it comes down to making a kick to win a game, there is noone Id rather have kicking it than Skippy!

steelpride12
02-18-2010, 09:22 PM
Reed is too important to this team. Everyone complains he can't kick into the endzone, but you overlook the fact that the ST was less than good last season so it really didn't matter.

Reed is clutch when it matters the most. He scores when the team needs it and is the best at Heinz Field where many kickers struggle. He is one important signing.

urgle burgle
02-18-2010, 09:43 PM
if we dont resign Skippy, i will uneash hell.....of this i swear.

MasterOfPuppets
02-19-2010, 01:43 AM
Spaeth doesnít do any one thing particularly well, but heís a big target and has proven to be a reliable pass catcher when filling in for Heath Miller. Heís too tall to ever be a great blocker - itís just too easy to get up underneath him

guess that explains why starks sucks ...:huh:
dumbest theory ever considering probably 3/4 of the linemen in the league are 6-5 to 6-7 ...:doh:

LVSteelersfan
02-19-2010, 02:10 PM
I say keep Reed only if he will work with the Steelers on salary. If he is too greedy, BYE BYE !!!! We need the money to resign Woodley and others that will be coming up this year to the end of their contracts. I would much rather keep Woodley than Reed any day of the week. If Reed gets 3 million plus, we might as well get used to the idea that the Steelers are going to be a mediocre team over the next few years once we lose the stars of the team. Of course the salary cap will be gone so who knows how that affects things.

solardave
02-21-2010, 10:15 AM
Skippy is going to demand a rather hefty contract, but we need to pay him! When it comes down to making a kick to win a game, there is noone Id rather have kicking it than Skippy!

2mil/year and all the beer he can drink. We throw in a towel dispencer.:sofunny: