Pittsburgh Steelers Breaking News: Jeff Reed Cut, Shaun Suisham Signed

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer INovember 16, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31:  Kicker Jeff Reed #3 tends to his foot during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints won 20-10 over the Steelers.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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It is not often that a team cuts their franchise player. Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers did just that.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have waived kicker Jeff Reed, and replaced him with Shaun Suisham.

Reed has had many off the field issues since joining the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his inability to consistently put the ball through the uprights has assisted in costing the Steelers three games this season.

Over the past two years, Reed has consistently not been able to kick the ball deep enough on kick offs to push the starting field position inside the 20 yard line, he has not done even a decent job at tackling the opposing kick off returner, and not making kicks was apparently the straw the broke the camels back.

Reed will have to clear waivers before being able to sign with any other team, and it is believed that the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots may have interest. They would have to then pay him the balance of the franchise tag contract Reed signed this past off season.

Reed has made 15 out of 22 kicks this season.

Suisham joins the Steelers, but contract details are not yet known. It is believed to be a one year contract.

Suisham was originally signed by the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent from Bowling Green in 2005. He has since kicked for the Dallas Cowboys (2005-2006, 2009) and Washington Redskins (2006, 2009).

Suisham is a career 79.1 percent accurate on Field Goals (87 of 110) and 98.1 percent on Extra Points (101 of 103).

His career long is 52 yards, while kicking for the Dallas Cowboys in 2006.

You can read the article on Steelers.com HERE.