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Jeff Reed clears waivers, takes a week off . . . with pay

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A fully-guaranteed $2.8 million contract can make a kicker a little picky.  That’s precisely how former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is feeling after clearing waivers on Wednesday.

Cut Tuesday by the Steelers, the team’s 2010 franchise player cleared waivers on Wednesday.  According to Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange, Reed has spurned opportunities to join another team, and he’ll take at least a week off.

With pay.  More than $160,000 of it.

“Jeff is not going to kick this week, although he could have,” agent Don Henderson tells Pasquarelli.  “He decided he wants to just let the dust settle a bit before he moves on.”

Reed was contacted by three teams, and he received offers from two of them.

The better approach would be to wait for the best opportunity to hitch his wagon to a potential Super Bowl contender.  And he’ll continue to get those $160,000-per-week checks from the Steelers until he makes up his mind.

Actually, he’ll continue to get them after he makes up his mind.  The question is when and if he wants to add to that via what likely will be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

Until then, he’ll have plenty of time to practice those pesky 26-yard field goals.

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23 Responses to “Jeff Reed clears waivers, takes a week off . . . with pay”
  1. 4sacroc says: Nov 17, 2010 7:20 PM

    Funny.

    Kinda like an FU to Rooney.

    Just keep writin’ my check, Nitz!

  2. bengals2012 says: Nov 17, 2010 7:31 PM

    One of the teams that Jeff Reed received an offer from was the Cincinnati Bengals, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He declined to kick this week so he could “recharge his leg.” He told the bengals that if they are still interested next week that he would further consider the offer. Jeff, from what I have seen, is a great kicker, although he is a bit circumspect in late game situations.

  3. slickzmoney says: Nov 17, 2010 7:33 PM

    “Pesky 26 yd field goals”? Didnt Pitt pick up S. Suisham? He got dumped in DC for missing a shorter FG to beat the Saints last year. Suisham sucks when the pressure is on.

  4. thirdngoal says: Nov 17, 2010 7:33 PM

    Yeah the one team that offered him a contract were the Bungals (imagine that) and I bet the other team was the Jets.

  5. rayvenmad says: Nov 17, 2010 7:50 PM

    And they picked up the ex deadskin shanker?! LOL!

  6. andyprough says: Nov 17, 2010 7:56 PM

    Should have cut him at the end of last year – when his missed field goals at the ends of games had cost the team a spot in the playoffs. Hope he enjoys the golden parachute.

    Hey Jeff – that money came from the fans – you know, the “haters that hate”??

  7. richm2256 says: Nov 17, 2010 7:57 PM

    Show me one Super Bowl contender that would even TAKE a kicker who can’t make a 26 yarder……

  8. buckeye044 says: Nov 17, 2010 8:56 PM

    But richm2256,
    it wasnt his fault, it was the turf
    Honest… he ran out of gas. he had a flat tire. he didn’t have enough money for cab fare. His tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole his car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT WASN’T HIS FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD.

  9. halftermguv says: Nov 17, 2010 10:00 PM

    Reed was beaten twice in prior training camps by Suisham in ’05 or ’06 and Piotr Czech in 2009.

  10. steeelfann says: Nov 17, 2010 10:11 PM

    Suishim can stay sober. And tackle.

  11. barneyrumble says: Nov 17, 2010 10:27 PM

    buckeye044 says:
    Nov 17, 2010 8:56 PM
    But richm2256,
    it wasnt his fault, it was the turf
    Honest… he ran out of gas. he had a flat tire. he didn’t have enough money for cab fare. His tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole his car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT WASN’T HIS FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD.

    ————————

    Love the Blues Brother reference.

    Didn’t Reed have some off field issues in Pittsburg?

    Maybe taking a week off will be out of sight out of mind and Reed will regret this.

  12. thetooloftools says: Nov 17, 2010 10:52 PM

    it wasn’t his.. he was holding it for a friend.

  13. help me says: Nov 17, 2010 11:07 PM

    If Jeff Reed couldn’t kick a football he’d be working at a liquor store.

  14. Deb says: Nov 17, 2010 11:17 PM

    He’s tired of being a good boy. He wants to reconnect with a couple of random towel dispensers before settling down again.

  15. bspn2 says: Nov 17, 2010 11:27 PM

    A week off?? LOL! A week off from what? Missing chip-shot field goals?

    No Super Bowl contender wants a kicker that can only kick off to the opponent’s 10 or 15 yardline.

    Who would want the least accurate kicker in the league this season?? Probably the Bungles…

    However, I think he’ll end up with the Cowboys and get a longer term deal.

  16. cup1981 says: Nov 17, 2010 11:41 PM

    He needs to test the bathroom towel dispensers in the local area before signing with a team…. :) Soooo long, it’s been long overdue.

  17. oldbrowndawg says: Nov 18, 2010 1:02 AM

    My money’s on his signing with the Jets. Their kicker is a Dallas retread who missed a couple of chip shots in Cleveland Sunday. If Reed in fact wants to sign with a playoff team, then he’ll avoid the Bungles like the plague. NYJ is his best shot.

  18. wtf2812 says: Nov 18, 2010 6:40 AM

    Here’s the thing that gets me about Heinz Field … How come that turf is 100 times worse than the turf at Cleveland?? is Cleveland’s weather that much different than Pittsburgh’s??? And I don’t want to hear that the Steelers share their field with Pitt because neither team practices there, so that means on an entitre season, Heinz gets maybe an extra 6-7 games useage from Pitt. That’s not enough to make that field totally chewed up like it has been.

    Maybe the Steelers should see what they do with the field at Cleveland and take some advice from their groundscrew.

    Just a thought.

  19. wtf2812 says: Nov 18, 2010 8:08 AM

    BTW … The Browns’ web site says that the stadium is used for college and high school football AND soccer games. So, that turf gets used every bit as much as Heinz, yet Heinz sucks and Cleveland’s track looks great!

    Like my moniker says … WTF!!

  20. footballfan says: Nov 18, 2010 8:22 AM

    With his mouth he was reminding me of the loudmouth kicker that got liquored up…. His attitude towards the fans and the police is what caused him to get cut. Missing the kicks just added to the fire..

  21. steelersmichele says: Nov 18, 2010 10:47 AM

    wtf2812, I wish I had an answer for you. It’s hard to kick there because the open end of the stadium faces the river and there is a nice breeze that comes off the water.

    I do know the team prefers natural grass to artificial turf, but I don’t think the field has been bad since the rain game against Miami. I think Jeff was just making excuses–I’ve seen him check the grass before kicking in the past and maybe he was a little hung over and forgot to do it Sunday.

    But thanks for your concern :)

  22. elroyjetsson says: Nov 18, 2010 11:35 AM

    thirdngoal says:
    Nov 17, 2010 7:33 PM
    Yeah the one team that offered him a contract were the Bungals (imagine that) and I bet the other team was the Jets.

    If the Jets offered him a contract he’d be at the Bada Bing already with a fistful of 20′s

  23. Jack Burton says: Nov 18, 2010 2:33 PM

    If he could kick it into end zone we wouldn’t even be having this dicussion. Add to that his off field problems, complete inability to tackle when needed and then lets talk about him having the lowest completion percentage.

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