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Reed wants to stay a Steeler; will the team make it happen?

Jeff Reed wants to stay with the Steelers, and the team seems to be on the same page in wanting to keep him. His price though likely went up this past week when the Raiders gave their kicker, Sebastian Janikowski, the biggest deal in history for a kicker.

The deal for Janikowski pays him $16 million over four years, including $9 million in guarantees. The agent for Reed says that the deal for the Raider kicker isn’t a big shock. “It doesn’t surprise me,” agent Don Henderson said. “It’s just about what I thought he would do. The ironic part is, if you take look at field goal kickers the last three years, Jeff leads league in field goal percentage.”

Reed has been as good as it comes when kicking the ball in tough Heinz Field. He’s even been better than Janikowski, as Reed’s percentage is 88.5 over the past three seasons, while Janikowski has made 80.2 of his kicks.

The average of the top 10 punters/kickers in the NFL before Janikowski’s contract was a little more than $2.8 million. Reed averaged about $1.5 million annually on his last contract with the Steelers. He’s stated he wants to kick for the Steelers, and the team has already opened talks with his agent. The question now is what really is Reed’s worth, and will the Steelers give it to him.

The Steelers offered a contract to Reed just before the 2009 season began that was rejected. “We tried to get something done before season and it just didn’t work out,” said Henderson. “We want to be in Pittsburgh and they know we want to be there.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. tbag00

    February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    those percentages for seabass are a little misleading considering that dumb ass lane kiffin was having him try like 76 yarders last season and tom cable had him try one from 70+ this year. but in typical steeler fashion lets cry and bitch about what other teams are doing. i got two words for you on the subject of sebastian janikowski sixty-one yards

  2. xDirtyx

    February 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

    seabass isnt drunk and disorderly all the time either and his kickoffs dont allways land on 15. i like jeff reed but i think hes highest paid worthy. they did bring in another kicker, a kick off specialist

  3. xDirtyx

    February 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

    i meant i DONT think hes highest paid worthy…he can kick in heinz field too tho

  4. mark

    February 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I hope he stays a Steeler. Lock him up for 3 years and extra points and field goals become a non issue for that long!

    • George H

      February 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      no doubt Reed needs to stay… if the steelers let him go expect a drop off with our kicking game and just a new problem for fans to complain about

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