TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01: Kicker Jeff Reed #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With David Buehler struggling, the Dallas Cowboys would be well served to keep their eye on free agent kickers and, on Tuesday, an interesting name was added to that pool. Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers’ kicker Jeff Reed was released on Tuesday, after going 15 for 22 on field goals this season. To replace him, they signed former Cowboys twice over Shaun Suisham.
Reed has made 81.9 percent of field goal attempts over his nine-year career, but was deemed disposable after missing a 23-yarder in Pittsburgh’s Sunday night loss to the New England Patriots. This was the first time this season that Reed missed a field goal attempt of under 40 yards, but after struggling so mightily with consistency, it was the last straw.
Reed has also struggled with off-the-field issues, which Jerry Jones seems to like at times, and, with a resume like that of Reed’s, he should be very interesting to Dallas. That said, if we’re to take Jason Garrett at his word, the team remains confident in Buehler.
It’s also worth noting that the Cincinnati Bengals, who placed kicker Mike Nugent on injured reserve today, may well have signed Reed before the Cowboys even consider a change at the position. They will reportedly hold tryouts at their facility today.
But if Buehler struggles again on Sunday, and if Reed remains available at that point, don’t be surprised to see his bleach blond locks at Valley Ranch early next week.
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