Jeff Reed: Franchise Tag Buys Steelers Time for Extension Talks

February 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Don't kid yourself. As good as Jeff Reed is, there isn't a team in the NFL that is going to offer up two first-rounders for him.
And don't kid yourself about this either: The Steelers are not going to give Reed a deal anywhere close to the four year, $16 million one Sebastian Janikowski just picked up from the Oakland Raiders (who continue to defy logic at every turn).
The Steelers bought themselves time to negotiate a long-term deal with their star kicker when they placed the franchise tag on him today.
Reed will now make around $2.4 million in 2010 if the Steelers fail to negotiate a long deal.
That figure might end up being a bargain.
There are a number of obstacles facing the Steelers when it comes to signing Reed long-term.
Janikowski's deal sets a new, and ridiculously high, bar for kickers. Where it becomes trouble for the Steelers isn't so much the money itself as it is the money compared to the results.
Janikowski isn't as accurate as Reed (7...

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