Steelers Cut Reed, Sign Suisham

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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  • stoopm

    Bringing in one hack to replace another hack, good move Steelers

    • Chaz

      Exactly right. I think Reed’s % is better than the new hack. Also, why leave Gay on the field either, he gets burnt more than an overhead welder.

      • Denise Mccloskey

        Got that right! And what happens if Ward is or gets hurt, what we have 1 guy to throw to down the field, everone needs some freaking stick em.. Sad display from everyone on SUNDAY. Front like couldn’t stop my Grandmother!

  • Nickolas Kalogeris

    Reed made a lot of big kicks for us, its sad how soon we forget!

    • Joker

      I dont care about the kicks i am glad we cut such a pompous jerk. Hopefully he will move out of pittsburgh and stop fighting cops, breaking things in bathrooms, and groping girls in the club. People get what they deserve.

      • Susie Q

        If they were cutting pompous jerks Roethlisberger would be gone

    • Susie Q

      I agree 100%


    Classic Pittsburgh. Allow 39 points and blame the idiot kicker for the loss. William Gay still has a job??? Jonathan Scott is starting on Sunday??? But at least we now have a kicker with a 79.1% career record. Fantastic.

  • Laurie Grandy Fusco

    I can’t beleve they did this. I thought we stood behind our players. Not only did Reed miss the kick, but more times then Reed missed the Offense failed to get the TD. So what do we do cut them all. I think this was a bad decision. We will miss you Jeff. Still hope to see you at the Pens games.

    • CMDUBV

      You thought Steelers fans stood behind our players??? Thats about the last thing they do.

      • Laurie Grandy Fusco

        Well they have stood behind worse then Reed. Like IDK Ben for one!!! I know Reed’s mouth is what got him cut because he doesn’t think before he speaks and yes it is time for him to move on but at the end of the season not like this. I know the fans are not going to cut him a break, but I thought his 9 year employer would. Oh well I just hope they didn’t bite off there nose to spite there face.

    • Carol

      You”ll miss Jeff? You can always find him at that strip club in New Alex.

      Be sure to bring some paper towels with you Laurie.

  • Kelly Girvin-Mccreery

    WOW they r gonna be sorry for letting him go….can’t blame a kicker for losing a game when u have quarterback who can’t make plays and receivers who can’t catch and a line that plays like 10 yr. olds….i think this is a mistake!

    • Brian

      kelly your comment makes no sense? If a QB couldnt make plays then how could receivers drop balls? Secondly, you cannot avoid a sack when there is no one there to block the defensive line. And last but not least, he is now 7-12 for the year. I would hardly call that great stats. Its not about what you did last year, its about what youre doing now and lets face it he sucks. With his recent failures, and talking back about the fans and media.. what did you expect. They are trying to win games. If he would have made that field goal they would have been down 7. That does a little bit for your motivation and psyche and opens the way to getting to ball back on an onside kick.. Learn the game as with most Yinzers you dont understand its a business, the point is to win!

      • Nicole

        well said Brian!

      • Dennis Mowrey

        Agree Brian!!

      • Dennis Mowrey

        Good riddance!! You should not blame the turf for your problems considering how long you have been kicking there. Along with the other issues you have had, wasn’t Plaxico and Santonio’s sudden departures a wake up call, Jeff? So to sound bitter, but it was the kicker’s fault and not the turf. You have kicked in worse conditions than that!!

    • Susie Q

      Kelly I completely agree (as long as the reciever you’re talking about isn’t Hines= ). I said on here yesterday Jeff was a heck of a better kicker than Ben is a qb, and Reed beat up a freaking towel dispenser, he’s not an accused serial rapist. I completely thought he was a joy to have on the team and he had the talent to back up his cheerful goofiness. He also became a true Pittsburger, maybe even more than any other player. I hope no matter what he always considers here his home (& that he never stops attending Pens games!!!) I really think this is gonna come back to bite us on the butt, and it will be deservidly so. BIG MISTAKE

  • Paul

    Kicking at Heinz is a challenge, I agree with replacing jeff reed because he has been inconstant but to bring in another guy who will likely be the same makes no sense. He’s been cut for a reason and available for a reason. Idk hope it works out. Go Steelers!

    • CJTF

      Inconstant Paul; you have bad Pgh Grammar; INCONSISTENT is the word. For those of you that cannot write properly, the only way to avoid embarassing rebuttles is to NOT POST on the WEB.

      Your Inconstant sounds just as ridiculous as Sarah Palin’s Refutiate – they are not WORDS!

      Overall, Jeff Reed has been acting like a jerk for some time now, but I think that Tomlin & the Rooney’s should have cut him a little slack. Ben reconfigured (yes Paul, reconfigured is an ACTUAL WORD of the ENGLISH Language) his image; they should have allowed Jeff to do the same thing.

      • Mishi

        It’s ‘REBUTTAL’ CJTF! Maybe YOU should rethink posting on the WEB! How funny you use the incorrect term in the sentence advising about writing properly….

      • castnbash

        woah the grammar police are officially in the house !! ( OMG I used a double exclamation point hope you do not fine me !! ) whats your deal going off for a misspelling or typo you understood what they meant ! perhaps you should check the validity in proper grammar of typing all capitol letter words mid sentence before doing so while condemning someone else ???

        Bottom line here we are supposed to be talking football so in an effort to get this back on track , 68% FG rating does not get it in the NFL PERIOD !! and that alone is PLENTY of reason to dump him !

      • Doug

        I thought this was a blog about Jeff Reed. Didn’t realize it was a spelling test.

  • Steelcurtain

    I’m no fan of some of Jeff’s off field blowups, but he has been a very reliable kicker for the steelers for several years, especially at Heinz field, a tough place to kick. I know he’s missed some this year he would normally have probably made in the past, but Is there a back story here not being published?

    • castnbash

      sure is …his FG percentage at home is WORSE than those of the visitors kickers combined …..he is one of the highest paid kickers in the league working under the franchise tag and has the lowest FG made percentage in the league for the season …. he has missed 7 kicks already and we are just 1 game past the midway point ….. he has openly complained about his contract , has been in trouble with the law 2 or 3 times ( always drunk when it happens ) and is now complaining about the field and the fans ….. In my humble opinion he is more trouble than he is worth even if he has not missed a kick all year ( but he has missed 7 )

    • castnbash

      68% FG made on the season is far from reliable and to think he was making top 5 money for turning in a league worst percentage !!

  • heff

    Maybe this hack won’t act like an idiot.

    • Ryan

      And you’ll be happy when he’s missing FGs but is a model citizen off the field? I think I already know the answer to that question.

  • steelernation

    Reed Blows, glad he’s gone!

  • Dennis

    Don’t worry folks. He’ll find work. Guessing he’d fit in nicely with the Bengals. It’s not his foot that’s the problem as much as his mouth. But he’ll fit in nicely with the likes of Ochostinko and T.O.

    • tammiek

      My thoughts exactly!!! He belongs with Ochostinko & the rest of the all mouth and no action players!

  • Kate

    I don’t feel bad one bit for him, he has plenty of money and some talent he may do well in a different city…maybe if he actually made field goals and attempted to hit players when they make it all the way to him then he wouldnt be in the place he is. To much ego not enough skill….. welcome to the burgh SUISHAM!!!!!

  • Hank

    Man hate to see Jeff Reed time here at Pittsburgh end this way. He’s made some clutch kicks for the Steelers, but I just think the off field stuff, and the whining caught up with him, and finally his performance this year. He was making 2.7 Million this year, in this environment and recession, man you be thankful, and just perform on the field for the bigger contract. I wish him well in the future.

  • Jeepn2k7

    My question is…can Suisham tackle if needed?

    • r. quinlan

      can he knock paper towl machines off bathroom walls thats important

    • Ryan

      No. Kickers can’t tackle. Why are we still hung up on Jeff Reed missing a tackle like 16 games ago.

  • ihockeynut

    Is everyone forgetting he basically called the Rooney’s liars during his training camp salary demands? Between that, his obviously poor decision making in his off field behavior and a lack of humility for his missed kicks, this was a sure thing by the end of the year anyway. He would be a better fit for Oakland if Janakowski ever leaves.

  • heff

    ATTENTION ALL SHEETZ AND 7-ELEVEN MANAGER – Lock the doors to your Men’s restroom until further notice.

    Jeff is going to bring the pain.

    • Dino

      That’s too funny, good one heff i am glad he is gone.

  • Gary

    Go Swiss Ham!!!!

  • PaigezMum

    My prayers have been answered! I have disliked Jeff Reed for many seasons. I remember when Suisham was cut, and I went nuts because he could thump it in the end zone. Face it, if you want to be a goof, you are not going to be a Steeler for long. Thank you Steeler management for getting rid of the ilk!

  • Paul Baxter

    Oh give me a minute the Steelers have a new kicker.

  • Bryan Seidle

    I agree that Reed has been struggling the past two years. Cutting him may or may not have been the best idea for the Steelers. But, I hope that we have the same attitude toward QBs. We may not need a great kicker if we could go a game without a pick/6 or a fumble in the end zone. It might also be a good thing to score a touchdown in the red zone for a change. Let’s face it, the D has carried this team for years and will continue to do so for many more.

    • castnbash

      why not look no further than the play caller for those answers ??? The QB calls the plays sent in by his offensive coordinator in this case Bruce Arians ( aka bozo the clown ) tell me this , when a fan can sit at home in front of the TV and know what play is coming 90% of the time by the formation and personnel group on the field that guys who have studied your films do not know what is coming before it happens ???? Arians has ZERO imagination and I am sick to death of 3rd and 2 empty back sets , I am also sick to death of not employing a normal FB as a lead blocker …have you ever wondered what happened to the I formation in Pittsburgh and power football ??? here is a clue bruce Arians has openly said ( google it ) he does not believe in the traditional FB in his offense ….yea there is something offensive about it alright !!

    • Pat

      Yep, lets cut the 2-time Super Bowl winning QB (more0 rings than P. Manning, Brees, Rivers, E. Manning, McNabb, Favre, etc.). Great idea! The Rooneys should hire you to make personnel decisions.

  • Sheri

    I am sorry to see him go. Sounds like this was planned long ago. Good Luck Jeff. do good.

  • Red

    I am gradually losing respect for the Pittsburgh Steeler organization. The Rooneys should be ashamed to dismiss Reed in this manner, considering their forgiveness in allowing Roethlisberger to play. Yes! he missed a field goal and ranted on afterwards, but what exactly did the defense do that is so deserving one or two players keep their jobs (Taylor / Gay). What about Bruce Arians? The offense played an very impressive 4th quarter (sense of urgency). So, why not play the game in this manner for all 4 quarters. Sanders should not be playing offense for now!!! To Jeff Reed; Tthank you for your contribution over the many years, best of luck.

    • Pat

      This decision reaffirms my faith in the Steelers organization. They didn’t cut him because he missed one chip shot. He’s a drunk,fat, inconsistent piece of trash. His numerous run-ins with the law, his loud mouth, and POOR play all contributed to this.

      Taylor is a solid CB, so I’m glad you don’t make decisions. Also, it’s pretty easy for an offense to rack up yards and points when the defense is playing with a 20 point lead.

      Steelers fans are passionate, but they are definitely not knowledgeable.

    • castnbash

      are you really this out of the loop ??? /rolls eyes

  • joe

    Folks honestly I’m supprised he has lasted this long. Look at the troubelsome Steeler’s of seasons past who have hadd off the field antics Homes, Davenport, Wilson and now Reed, or those who compalined they were not paid enough Reed, Porter, Faneca, Plax. Where are they now team hopping and carrying all the baggage that the Steeler’s saw coming. Personally I think Ben got a pass because of the amount of money they have invested but that is another story…..

    The Steelers are a class organization, BLUE COLLAR, put your head down work hard and we’ll take care of our own types. Represent us well and do your job and go about things the right way you’ll get your just due. Others have done this, Bettis, Ward, Troy. They all handled it the right way when the tiem came and said, we’ll do this behind closed doors and I’m sure it will get worked out and it did.

    Some of these guys live in another reality, let them go out and live like the majority of their fans today, worrying about the mortgage, making the car payment, etc instead of griping about your 2+ million dollar contract for kicking a ball. I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go, but like other players that have left before and we thought we couldnt’ get by give it time and someone will step up and it will be Reed who?

    • castnbash

      good post …. I wonder just how many fans knew who Jeff Reed was BEFORE we signed him , my guess is 1 in 100 at best because he was a Undrafted Free agent out of N.C. and MOST Steeler fans do not get to see many ( if any ) N.C. football games …Reed had his time and was serviceable but never great , remember there is more to being a kicker than Field Goals and extra points Reed has always sucked at kickoffs and RARELY held the opponent to a touch back costing us field position on nearly every kickoff , he was never a willing tackler on returns either he made some of the most lack luster attempts I have ever witnessed in 40 years of being a fan …people talk about being clutch , well Reed was clutch at one point in his career but those days are a few seasons behind us now in fact I can not remember when he has made the kick with a couple mins left to seal the victory but I can name a half dozen over the past couple years he has missed and cost us some games … so I am happy he is gone !! now the question is will this replacement fair any better ?

  • Mike

    Maybe the Steeler organization couldn’t dry him out!

  • sarah

    Was quite surprised he wasn’t cut after his half-a$$ed play last season in which he exhibited a worsening attitude, perhaps in part because of a contract or lack there-of. Also, his short kick offs only added to our problems on special teams last year. I wonder how much his drinking has affected his athletic ability?

    • CMDUBV

      He kicked above 87% last year, but dont let facts get in the way of your hatred for a human being.

      • castnbash

        Last year the Saints won the SB , does that mean we should anoint them the Lombardi again this year ? …..each season you start over he is kicking at 68% and you are what your record says you are !!

  • Econ

    The Redskins would have signed him to a 5 year guaranteed deal!

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