On Sunday night, Steelers kicker Jeff Reed said he hopes to retire as a member of the Steelers.
If so, he’d better retire now.
Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the Steelers have cut Reed and signed Shaun Suisham. Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Suisham was the only kicker brought to Pittsburgh for a Tuesday Gong Show tryout. He worked out for coach Mike Tomlin and director of football operations Kevin Colbert at Heinz Field on Tuesday.
Suisham made 18 of 21 field goals for the Redskins in 2009, but he was cut after missing a short field goal in overtime of a potential upset over the Saints. Suisham finished the season with the Cowboys, making two of three fields goals in two regular-season games and missing two of three in a playoff loss to the Vikings, including a 48-yard attempt that would have given the Cowboys a 3-0 lead.
As the team’s franchise player in 2010, Reed received a guaranteed salary of $2.814 million. If he’s claimed on waivers, Reed’s new team will have to pay him $1.15 million over the balance of the season. If he goes unclaimed, Reed will pocket the balance of his salary from the Steelers — and he’ll be able to get paid by his next team.
The Bengals currently don’t have a kicker on the roster. But we can’t imagine the Bengals paying any kicker $1.15 million for seven games.