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Old 01-28-2010, 07:06 AM   #1
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Default Bires: Reed could be the franchise

Bires: Reed could be the franchise
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By: Mike Bires
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Thursday January 28, 2010 12:01 AM

Whether he remains a Steeler, Jeff Reed figures to make a ton of money in the not-too-distant future.

Several teams will enter free agency in March looking for a clutch kicker like Reed, who is one of the Steelersí potential unrestricted free agents.

Reed was miffed before the 2009 season started because the Steelers low-balled him with a contract extension. Reed turned down the offer, basically insinuating it was an insult. He also said he would eventually get what he deserves, whether the big bucks come from the Steelers or from another NFL team.

Itís true that Reed doesnít boot the ball long on kickoffs. But for the most part, heís been outstanding when asked to kick field goals. Heís been 27 of 31 in each of the past two regular seasons, which puts him on par statistically with two kickers who cashed in with huge contracts in 2008.

Chicagoís Robbie Gould got a five-year, $15.5 million deal that included a $4.5 million signing bonus. St. Louisí Josh Brown got $14.2 million over five years with a $4 million signing bonus.

In the past two years, Gould is 50 of 57 in field goals, Reed 54 of 62 and Brown 50 of 60.

There is no way the Steelers will pay Reed the kind of money that Gould and Brown got, but thereís nothing keeping the Steelers from putting a franchise or transition tag on Reed.
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A franchise player is restricted from entering free agency but is paid the average salary of the top-five players at his position. A transition tag pays the player the average salary of the top-10 players at his position.

Each team is allowed two franchise players this year. Thereís a chance the Steelers could make nose tackle Casey Hampton a franchise player. Reed could also be tagged.

The average salary of the top five kickers in 2009 was $2.483 million. The average salary of the top 10 kickers was $2.264.

In 2005, Reed signed a five-year contact that included a $1.5 million signing bonus. His base salary this season was $1.375 million.

If the Steelers donít re-sign him to a new contract or tag him, there are some teams that will bid for Reedís services.

After Nate Kaedingís 0-for-3 performance in San Diegoís playoff loss to the New York Jets two weeks ago, the need for clutch kickers became a national story.

In Reed, the Steelers have a clutch kicker. He has yet to miss a field goal in the playoffs. Heís a perfect 21-of-21.

Now itís a matter of who will pay Reed the most for his accuracy in the clutch.

Mike Bires can be reached online at mires@timesonline.com.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:24 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bires: Reed could be the franchise

In Reed, the Steelers have a clutch kicker. He has yet to miss a field goal in the playoffs. He’s a perfect 21-of-21.

Needs to get his facts straight, Reed missed a couple playoff fg's in 2002. But is perfect since.
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In Reed, the Steelers have a clutch kicker. He has yet to miss a field goal in the playoffs. Heís a perfect 21-of-21.

Needs to get his facts straight, Reed missed a couple playoff fg's in 2002. But is perfect since.
facts who needs them its better when you can pull #s out of the air that work for us ... fact cheeking is a long lost art .
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Default Re: Bires: Reed could be the franchise

Given the number of other kickers we've been looking at, this seems highly unlikely to me.
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Given the number of other kickers we've been looking at, this seems highly unlikely to me.
I agree. Depending on the compensatory picks we get, I think its possible the Steelers decide to invest a 4th-5th round pick on a kicker and save themselves $3million a season.

They will then give that $3mil to any one of Clark, Hampton, Colon....or use it to extend the contracts of Woodley or Holmes.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:40 PM   #6
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Default Re: Bires: Reed could be the franchise

...or they can take a look at Piotr Czech's skills, maybe he can do well
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...or they can take a look at Piotr Czech's skills, maybe he can do well


Czech has a strong leg, but is inaccurate past 40 yards. He is not a playoff caliber kicker, possibly not even good enough to be in the NFL.
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Default Re: Bires: Reed could be the franchise

If we let him wander into the Free Agent abyss, i'll say he's a goner
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Default Re: Bires: Reed could be the franchise

While I would love to get Jeff Reed back, I would not be surprised if they let him walk. And if they do draft a kicker in the mid to late rounds I sure hope he can kick the football into the end zone on most kickoffs. Then he will just have to learn how to kick at Heinz Field on FG attempts.
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Default Re: Bires: Reed could be the franchise

There will be many other clutch kickers in FA and as much as I would love to see Reed get this, I don't see it.
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