Last but not least is Jeff Reed.
Heinz Field has been home to three kickers in its short history. Kris Brown couldn't cut it in the harsh wind conditions, so he was sent away. Todd Petersen was no better, so he was cut loose.
Jeff Reed came in as a rookie on a one day tryout.
Now he's ready to get paid.
If there is one player the team cannot afford to lose, it's Reed.
Forget about the kickoff length getting shorter. If necessary, I'd be willing to bet Daniel Sepulveda, the punter, could kick off.
Reed is the definition of clutch. He's mastered the difficult conditions at home and is one of the better money kickers in the NFL. He flies under the radar every year, but he's just as good as Adam Vinatieri, Matt Stover, or Nate Kaeding.
The singular question mark with Reed has nothing to do with his play. It has to do with two off-field incidents in which Reed was arrested while intoxicated.
Reed has been a model citizen since his second brush with the law. If he is as reformed as he seems, there is absolutely no reason why the Steelers should not sign him to an extension.
The best thing the team can do is get an extension done quickly. If they can't sign him before March 5, then I would not hesitate to place the franchise tag on him and then keep negotiating.
Reed wants to be here and it's likely that the team wants him back. No other kicker has managed to master the conditions at Heinz Field, so it makes sense to keep the one guy who has on your team.
Of all six players, it would be inexcusable for the team to let Reed go.
Like Clark, he's coming back.