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Kicker Jeff Reed To Clear Waivers; Saints To Take A Look?

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Kicker Jeff Reed was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers after nine NFL seasons with the club Tuesday and was quickly replaced by former Cowboy and Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham.

Reed entered the 2010 season with the Steelers as the second most accurate kicker in team history and ranked 12th in NFL history with an 81.9 percent accuracy rate (204 of 249).

But like so many kickers this season Reed has struggled mightily converting 22 of 29 attempts including missing all tries between 40 and 49 yards this year.

His seven missed field goals are the most since 2006 and his current 68.2 conversion percentage is the lowest of his NFL career.

Even with his struggles as of late Reed may still represent an upgrade to current Saints kicker Garrett Hartley who has also struggled so far in 2010.

After helping the Saints reach the Super Bowl, where he was a perfect 4 of 4 on field goals all of forty yards or more, Hartley is 10 of 14 on field goals this season.

Opening day against the Vikings Hartley missed both of his attempts but the more costly miss came later in the season when he missed a game clinching kick against  the Atlanta Falcons.

The story is well known by now, Hartley misses the kick, Falcons go on to win in overtime, and he loses his job to veteran kicker John Carney.

Luckily for Hartley the Saints needed a roster spot to bring in another running back after a rash of injuries and if not for that reason he may very well still be watching Carney kick from the sideline.

Reed is drawing interest from several clubs, at least according to his agent, with the assumption that the Bengals will aggressively pursue him since they lost kicker Mike Nugent for the year because of a knee injury.

Check out Keith Null’s weekly article about the Saints on NFL.com by clicking here.

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