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Per various reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to tag 2 of their high priority free agents:
Casey Hampton (NT) - The Steelers 33 year old nose tackle, Hampton is an unrestricted free agent. The Steelers would like to sign Hampton to a long-term 3 year contract but negotiations have not initiated an agreement between the two parties. Although against Hampton's request, the Steelers are expected to place the franchise tag on "Big Snack" Hampton for a 1 year contract with a payout of approximately 7 million. It is expected that the Steelers and Hampton will continue to try to work out a long term contract. If a long term deal cannot be agreed upon by the 2010 NFL Draft, expect the Steelers to seriously think about drafting Hampton's replacement. The ideal candidate at this time appears to be Tennessee's DT, Dan Williams.
Jeff Reed (K) - Another high priority unrestricted free agent is Jeff Reed. Although Reed has had his fair share of off the field troubles, Reed has been a staple of consistency at Heinz Field. Heinz Field has proven to be one of the most difficult stadiums in the NFL to kick at, but Reed has excelled in field goal accuracy. He has struggled in kick-offs which has been a "pain point" for the Steelers especially during the 2009-10 season. With that being said, Reed is an underestimated player that has been clutch for the Steelers both during the regular season and post season. The Steelers are expected to transition tag Jeff Reed for 2.6 million.
As a die-hard Steelers fan, I must say that bye week is one of the worst weeks of the National Football League (NFL) season. You get to watch all other games, except your favorite team. However, for the Steelers this week is much needed before a showdown against the now undefeated Denver Broncos.
Here's a list of action items that the Steelers should focus on during the bye week:
- Can the Steelers struggling pass defense stop Brandon Marshall and Kyle Orton?
- What should the Steelers do about Jeff Reed (i.e. and his fight with a fan at Heinz Field)
- What are the Steelers alternative approach without Casey Hampton next year (i.e. Hampton mostly likely won't be signed to an extension)
- Should Ryan Clark play against the Broncos with his medical condition? Should he even travel with the team?
- Is Lawrence Timmons injury prone (i.e. the next Kendrell Bell)? He needs this buy week to heal his sprained ankle that he suffered against the Minnesota Vikings. Timmons' injury is to his opposite ankle that he already injured (high ankle sprain) earlier in the season
- Should Limas Sweed see more playing time compared to Shaun McDonald?
- Should Mendenhall see more carries than approx. 15/game?
Jeff Reed doesn't seem to learn, does he? According to sources, Jeff Reed got into a heated argument with a fan at Heinz Field. It hasn't been determined why or how the argument got started but I can take a pretty good guess. I would think someone called out Reed about his recent arrest outside of McFadden's bar in Pittsburgh (i.e. outside of Heinz Field).
In this incident, Jeff Reed was sticking up for his "partner in crime", Matt Spaeth who also was arrested at the same location for urinating in public. In doing this, Reed was arrest for public intoxication, and resisting arrest.
This isn't Reed's only run in with the law. Last year, he "beat up" a towel dispenser and made a scene at a rest stop.
Reed should focus more on his production on the field than off. Reed hasn't had the strongest of years thus far featuring a couple missed critical field goals, poor kick offs, and one of the worst attempts at a tackle I've ever seen which resulted in a Percy Harvin kick-off return for a touchdown allowing the Vikings to get back into the game.
Look for this to be Reed's last year in a Steelers uniform. The Pittsburgh Steelers organization does not take well to players who are not good citizens off the field and produce negative publicity. Especially players that turn down an extension offer in the offseason, as Reed has already done.