Former Steelers K Jeff Reed wants another chance

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Special teamers are fairly disposable anyway.

When they give teams headaches, small issues can become big ones.

That has to be at least part of the reason former NFL kicker Jeff Reed’s on the outside today, though the 33-year-old said he wants to come back.

Asked by Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer why he’s no longer employed in the league, Reed replied: “I don’t know. There were a couple of things I got in trouble with the law, very minor.”

Specifically, he was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief in February 2009 for breaking a paper towel holder in the bathroom of a convenience store. Eight months later, he was cited for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Then a missed field goal against the Patriots in November, and he was released, ending a nine-year run in which he became the team’s second-leading scorer. He bounced through a short stint with the 49ers, and was in Seahawks camp in 2011, but hasn’t gotten a call lately.

Now, he’s back home in Charlotte working out, hoping for another chance.

“A lot of people I know, at every position, once they get cut, they’re done,” Reed said. “They turn into lazy bums and they gain a lot of weight and they don’t pursue their dream anymore.

“But it’s my dream to get back. I made plenty of money and I have two rings. But the thing about it is when you’re competitive and you can do something, why not do it?”

He also seems to understand now his behavior might be the reason the phone doesn’t ring.

“I realize an opportunity might have slipped away,” Reed said. “It really focuses me.”

Whether it convinces anyone to give him a shot remains to be seen, when there are younger, cheaper options available. And as punter Chris Kluwe is finding out in Minnesota, not everyone is crazy about a kicker or a punter that stands out in any way. Whether it’s fair or not doesn’t matter. Reed’s case shows that it’s real.

12 responses to “Former Steelers K Jeff Reed wants another chance

  1. At the time of reed being cut it wasn’t popular in Pittsburgh, but after seeing what suisham has done it was one of the best decisions the Steelers have made. I’ll never forget the paper towel dispenser at sheetz owning him!!!

  2. oddly enough, breaking a paper towel holder and being drunk in public seems like minor offenses now with the drunk driving and violence that players are committing nowadays.

    however, once again a player realizes a little too late that his actions can limit his career and earning potential. you’d think current players would learn, but nooooo, they still think they are invincible and irreplaceable.

  3. Skippy was great when he was making the kicks and rocking the awesome hair, but those days are over. Curious that he started missing kicks and losing distance on his kickoffs when he cut his hair. Coincidence? I think not.

  4. Issue #1 is that it’s just cheaper to get a younger guy.

    Issue #2 is that kicker that kicker is pretty much a commodity position outside maybe the top 25% of kickers in the league. If you can’t get a top guy, you need someone that is “not terrible” and somewhat consistent.

    For the most part kickers are pretty much the same from 40 yards and in. They’ll probably make 86-90% of those over the long haul, but might be better or worse over the short term. The difference comes from guys that consistently hit from the upper 40’s and beyond.

  5. I bet giving up kickoff returns for TDs with Reed not even attempting a tackle (in back to back games, IIRC) didn’t help his cause.

  6. Reed did more than vandalize a bathroom, and get drunk and disorderly. He also mishandled his contract negotiations and started publicly complaining about the front office. That plus his declining effectiveness on the field pushed him into the “more trouble than he’s worth category.” Except in the rarest circumstances, when a once highly paid NFL player finds himself out of a job, the reason is that his skills have diminished. Teams–and fans–can forgive a lot of mistakes if a guy still has it on the field.

  7. If he’s willing to work cheap he should give Joe Banner a call. The Browns will be looking for a kicker next season.

  8. When Skippy played in Pittsburgh, the red zone was known as the “Reed Zone” because the Bruce Arians Offense was always willing to settle for field goals.
    Reed became such a scoring crutch, he became over-utlized, and his confidence was eventually destroyed by Tomlin, who constantly had him attempt kicks from impossible distances.
    But for years, Reed carried the offense.

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