One day after Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed released his passive-aggressive statement blaming (or not blaming) the kicking conditions at Heinz Field for his sub-par performance this season, the Steelers decided it was time to give this kicker the boot.
Here's what Reed said yesterday to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (courtesy of Barstool Sports):
â€œIâ€™m not one to make excuses,â€ Reed began. â€œIâ€™ll take the credit for the miss. It was a great snap, a great hold, great protection. Itâ€™s kind of hard when you plant your foot and the hole â€” a piece of ground moves where the ballâ€™s under the holder. I almost missed the ball completely. Iâ€™m not going to make excuses. If youâ€™ve played any kind of sports in your life, you realize that what we play on is not very good turf. It happensâ€¦ Iâ€™ve missed some important kicks. Itâ€™s sports. Itâ€™s not an excuse, but itâ€™s lifeâ€¦ on a night like tonight when I felt great, kicked off well, did everything I was supposed to do and you miss a 20-something yard field goal, everyone wants to focus on that in a game like thisâ€â€¦
Reed was a paltry 15-22 on FG attempts with the Steelers this season, and has been a lightning rod for controversy in his time with the Steelers. Â He's posted semi-nude pictures of himself with his cell phone, sported various "bro" type haircuts with bleach blonde tips, and has been photographed with a majority of attractive (and possibly underage) females.
Basically, the kind of antics you'd expect from someone like Terrell Owens, not your place kicker.
Prior to being released, Reed had made just over $2.8 million is guaranteed money - an astonishingly high salary for a kicker. Â It's hard to believe any team would want to pay that kind of money for a shoddy kicker who's more likely to "ice" you than kick a field goal through the uprights.
The Steelers worked out one kicker today, former Redskins and Rams kicker Shaun Suisham, and signed him immediately.