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Report: Zoltan Mesko joining Steelers

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Could the Steelers be making a change at punter?

According to Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports, the Steelers will be adding ex-Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko on Monday.

The Patriots waived Mesko, their punter for the previous three seasons, on Saturday, keeping rookie Ryan Allen instead.

A left-footed punter, the 27-year-old Mesko posted gross and net averages of 43.1 and 37.9 yards, respectively, in 2012. For his career, Mesko has recorded a 44.2-yard gross average and a 39.5-yard net average, with 101-of-175 punts going unreturned by the opposition.

Mesko’s signing could well mean the Steelers will be replacing Drew Butler, who handled the punting duties in 2012 and beat out veteran Brian Moorman this summer. Butler posted a gross average of 43.8 yards and a net average of 37.8 yards a season ago.

UPDATE 4:58 p.m. ET: The Steelers have confirmed the signing of Mesko and the waiving of Butler.

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13 Responses to “Report: Zoltan Mesko joining Steelers”
  1. bcfalcon says: Sep 2, 2013 4:48 PM

    From a pats fan, Good luck Zoltan! You were always a class act!

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 2, 2013 4:49 PM

    One of the best names in the NFL.

  3. the8man says: Sep 2, 2013 5:15 PM

    The Zoltan of boot!

    Yes, that was awful.

  4. tedmurph says: Sep 2, 2013 5:17 PM

    Mesko is a solid NFL punter who had a little bit of an off yr last yr, and an asset to the community as far as charity work. The Pats brought in a rookie, RGuy award winner, and it was a dead heat between the two. Mesko was due to make 1 mil more than Allen, so there you go. Pitts obviously doesn’t have to pay him that. Good in bad weather and the weird winds of Gillette and Heinz. Good pickup.

  5. pskotte says: Sep 2, 2013 5:55 PM

    The last piece of the Super Bowl puzzle has officially fallen into place.

  6. inhokewetrust says: Sep 2, 2013 6:38 PM

    Hail hail MICHIGAN the champions
    Of the west

  7. ironyisadeadscene says: Sep 2, 2013 7:23 PM

    Good dude. Hope it works out for him

  8. bengalguy says: Sep 2, 2013 8:02 PM

    Old slow team

  9. ironman721 says: Sep 2, 2013 8:51 PM

    More Zoltan signs in Pittsburgh! And yes the Steelers are old and slow but at least they are not the Bengals!

  10. patsbrat says: Sep 2, 2013 11:10 PM

    You will like Zoltan. He is really good at pooching it inside the 20.

  11. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 3, 2013 7:51 AM

    Good move for this guy. He’ll be doing a lot of punting for the three-and-out Steelers.

  12. stoogy says: Sep 3, 2013 11:36 AM

    Hope he has good endurance for all those punts. You know Ben will not be able to move the chains.

  13. ziggy26 says: Sep 3, 2013 3:20 PM

    The Steelers had both fewer three-and-out drives and a lower percentage of three-and-out drives than the Ravens, Bengals, and Browns in 2012.

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