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08-01-2010, 01:10 AM

Steelers' Jeff Reed kicking up a fuss over contract
Sunday, August 01, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Matt Freed/Post-Gazette

Jeff Reed arrived at camp already an unhappy camper when it came to his contract.

Jeff Reed will have to wait at least another year before possibly signing a long-term contract that would keep him with the Steelers until his career is over. And he is not happy about it.
Reed, who will earn $2,814,000 in 2010 after signing a one-year franchise tender, said he is "extremely" disappointed that the Steelers did not sign him to a longer contract before the start of training camp.
What's more, he believes he was misled by unspecified members of the organization about their intention of wanting to sign him to a multi-year deal.
"I'm not going to point anyone out or any statement out, but, yeah, I was told one thing and another thing happened," Reed said Saturday after practice at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. "I understand business moves, but I'm not a big fan of lying."
Reed, who converted 87 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2009 (27 for 31) and 83.3 percent in his eight-year career, said he was told by team president Art Rooney II on Friday that the Steelers would not be able to complete a long-term deal with him before the start of the 2010 regular season.
Part of the problem is that the Steelers had to sign tackle Flozell Adams to a two-year, $7.5 million contract after the season-ending injury to right tackle Willie Colon.
"I'm really disappointed ... extremely ... little bit bitter," Reed said. "That's probably not a good choice of words. I'm not here to burn bridges. I got to play football. I'm not happy, but I'm happy to be with all these guys and be a part of the organization.
"It's one of those things, life is not really fair. I've experienced that a few times in this league. I honestly feel that if you perform, no matter if you kick at Heinz field or a dome, as a kicker, you deserve to get compensated for it."
Reed was designated the team's franchise player in February, meaning he would earn the average of the top five kickers and punters in the National Football League in 2010. At the time, Rooney and director of football operations Kevin Colbert indicated they would like to sign Reed to a long-term deal that would allow him to finish his career with the Steelers, the only team for whom he has played.
Colbert said Saturday it is the team's policy to not publicly discuss a player's contract status.
"I've talked to guys in the organization personally, one on one, about how I feel; that's the best way to do it," Reed said. "To get my business out in the media, out in public, is not the best way to portray yourself. But it hurts. I want to retire here. There's a possibility I still can retire here. But it looks like it's getting tougher."

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08-01-2010, 01:13 AM
Im all for Reed getting a long term deal, but right now between having to sign additional lineman and Woodley still waiting for a new deal the team can only do so much. Im quite sure Reed is in their long term plans as is Woodley of course but in the case of Jeff, going to media and spouting off never helps matters any. It's quite evident he's upset, but man he's got over 2 million coming to him this year and the fact that he got the transition tag means the team wants to keep him around but just needs to buy some time and work it all out and make sure it's beneficial for both Jeff and the Steelers.

08-01-2010, 01:21 AM
Jeff is upset but the guy has to learn patience. No one planned on Willie C getting hurt and having to sign Flozell.....I just hope for Jeff's sake he doesn't play like a disgruntled kicker and only give a half hearted effort because of the contract situation. IMHO that will not help Jeff's attempt to get a long term deal worked out FWIW.

08-01-2010, 01:56 AM
I'm a fan of Reed, but he is making over $2 million this season and there's a good chance he'll be here for a while if he can stay out of trouble. Don't really see this amounting to much.

Steel Trap86
08-01-2010, 04:44 AM
lol wutever buddy 2 million a season?. kickers are a dime a dozen, they teach us that in peewee

08-01-2010, 11:26 AM
With Colon lose for the season and having to sign two tackles since, and with Woodley, Colon and Ike in their last year of their contracts. Reed will have to wait.

I believe if Woodley make it through camp healthy, if anything can be done, even if it means a large signing bonus, the Steelers will handle it. With Lewis, Burrent, Butler waiting in the wings, Ike resigning will depend on the price. Colon at this moment is still the Steelers best long term option at RT, so resign at a lower price.

Reed: you should know from AF situation: going public is not the best way of handling your business IF you want to remain a Steeler

Real Deal Steel
08-01-2010, 03:27 PM
Reed needs to shut up. He's a kicker. Shut up. You have no juice.

08-01-2010, 04:01 PM
2 million can't shut him up. what the f can. lol. hope he at least tries to take out a runner, if needed, for that amount of jack.:rant2:

08-01-2010, 06:15 PM
I really don't care how upset he is...he shouldn't be speaking to the media--big baby! We do not need any discord---his leg isn't as strong as it was and he doesn't tackle any better than any other kicker...if he cannot get happy in short order we should find another kicker or give sepulvada a shot at it and pay him reed's salary too.

08-02-2010, 04:35 AM
lol wutever buddy 2 million a season?. kickers are a dime a dozen, they teach us that in peewee

Yes true kickers are a dime a dozen but it's not going to help us to get a kicker who well sucks. Reed is one of the top 10 most accurate kickers period. when he missed those two field goals in chicago last season i was actually shocked because they were money shots. I think dependind on how flo does colon might be cut next year anyhow. which could mean more money for Jeffy. (i've never really been a colon fan, actually since faneca left it's really been hard for me to apprciate any of the o-line.

08-02-2010, 08:57 AM
It just kills me to see players continually going to media and spouting off about contracts. They know the management doesn't like it, and it just fuel a fire that should be kept confidential. The Steelers have never had their hand forced because some player started yapping to the media, so it's not like it's going to help. Jeff is unhappy, I might be unhappy too mainly because you want to know the team is committed to you and you want to know you'll be around for a long time. Jeff will get his deal, that's a pretty safe assumption, but for right now just take your 2 million + and kick your heart out in 2010.

08-02-2010, 10:19 AM



08-02-2010, 10:31 AM
We also don't know what is going on behind closed doors at the front office. I'm sure the Steelers are in constant contact with Reed's agent and Woodley's agent. Ron Cook has a story about it in today's Post Gazette and he said that Woodley came to camp with a very positive attitude towards the team and his willingness to play well for this team. That will get him a contract offer faster than Jeff running to the paper saying he was lied to.

08-02-2010, 10:36 AM
Boo Hoo Reed, suck it up elky!

08-02-2010, 03:00 PM
Not a very smart move on Jeff Reed's part here at all in my opinion. The Rooney's do not like this kind of stuff getting out to the media and being discussed on camera like Reed did when they interviewed him. After the Towel Dispenser incident and the urinating in the parking lot incident last year Jeff Reed is in no position to go out and bitch and moan to the media about his contract status and calling people liars in the process. If you dont like people lying to you Jeff then how about conducting yourself as a professional off the field instead of acting like a 21 year old punk who just turned old enough to drink...

08-02-2010, 03:19 PM
Reed will not be in the Steelers immediate plans...

08-02-2010, 04:35 PM
Reed will not be in the Steelers immediate plans...

He shouldnt be either...It's not like Reed is going to go out and tank kicks on purpose cause he doesnt have a new deal. If anything he is going to need to be more accurate and make more kicks this season so he ups his value incase the Steelers dont bring him back...Jeff Reed just needs to focus on staying out of trouble off the field which he cant seem to do, and making every FG he kicks which he didnt do a lot of last year at key times during games...