Steelers running back Willie Parker and kicker Jeff Reed each have two Super Bowl rings, but they aren’t likely to be Steelers after this season.
ESPN reports that the Steelers won’t try hard to keep either impending free agent, which is hardly a surprise considering how their contract years have gone thus far.
Parker has proven ineffective and injury-prone, like he was for most of last season. Perhaps no kicker is worth the off-field headaches that Reed has suffered since February.
Reed may not return to Pittsburgh, but experienced kickers can usually find work somewhere. Parker, on the other hand, needs to show improved explosiveness and production the rest of the year. He doesn’t have a lot of value as a receiver or as a special teams player. That could make it difficult for him to find a job in the offseason.
And if you don’t think that’s possible, just look at what Shaun Alexander, Deuce McAllister, DeShaun Foster and Rudi Johnson are up to this year.