Should The Steelers Bring Jeff Reed Back?

Fritzie J. McBritchesContributor IFebruary 10, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Jeff Reed #3 and Daniel Sepulveda #9 of the Pittsburgh Steelers watch a fourth quarter field goal that turned out to be the game winning score against the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 23-20. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Heinz Field has historically been the hardest place to kick in the NFL.  For Jeff Reed, it's just his job.  With Reed expected to be a free agent, should the Steelers re-sign him and let him continue to do what he does best, kick.

Reasons to bring Reed back:

It is very simple; he is accurate at the swamp land known as Heinz Field.  Not many kickers can play at Heinz Field and consistantly nail field goals of 40+ yards.  Jeff Reed has done that and more. 

Another reason to bring Reed back is because of his ability to stay cool under pressure.  An interesting fact about Jeff Reed is that he has never missed a kick in the fourth quarter that would either tie or win a game.  That is a remarkable accomplishment.


Reasons to let Reed walk:

There are only a few reasons to let Reed walk away from the Steelers.  The major reason, which I believe will be the deciding factor, is his trouble with the law.  Jeff Reed fought the law and the law won... twice! 

The first incident was anger as he destroyed a towel dispenser at Sheetz because it was empty... classless.  The second incident involved Matt Spaeth, who is also a free agent.  Reed and Spaeth were arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.  Can the Steelers trust a man who destroys towel dispensers and watches his teammate pee on vehicles?


Money may be a factor also, but the Steelers need to talk this one through.  Who knows, maybe he'll pee in the gatorade container because he was upset that it was empty?