With the Pittsburgh Steelers apparently adopting a new approach to players who have found trouble, or vice versa, another guy with a history of off-field allegations will soon be taking steps to ensure that his payday for 2010 isn’t yanked out from under him.
Per a league source, kicker Jeff Reed will be signing his franchise tender in the near future. Reed will receive a guaranteed salary of $2.814 million this year.
Reed has had a couple of incidents since last year’s Super Bowl win. In February, he was cited for disorderly conduct after beating up a paper towel dispenser at a convenience store. In October, Reed was cited for public intoxication.
The source says that Reed had planned to sign the tender notwithstanding the recent trade of receiver Santonio Holmes. Still, to the extent that the Steelers are adopting a “new sheriff in town” approach, it may be wise for Reed to attack the paper on which his contract is printed with a pen.