PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a new kicker when they play host to the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon.
The Steelers cut Jeff Reed Tuesday morning and signed free agent kicker Shaun Suisham.
The announcement was made by head coach Mike Tomlin during his weekly press conference.
Suisham made his NFL debut with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005. He has had three stints with the Cowboys and three others with the Washington Redskins.
As a member of the Washington Redskins, Suisham made 81 of 101 field goal attempts.
In 12 games with Washington last season, he made 18 of 21 attempts.
The Steelers have a working knowledge of Suisham as they cut him from training camp in 2005.
KDKA-TV’s Bob Pompeani caught up with Antwaan Randle El, who played with Suisham in Washington.
“It’s just unfortunate to lose Jeff [Reed]. Great teammate, that’s tough. It’s part of the business. [I] haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet, but certainly I will, sometime tonight. [I] wish him well, wherever he’s going.
“I think he’s still a great kicker. He’ll get picked up. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Kinda got to roll with the punches and move on,” Randle El said.
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