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Jeff Reed clears waivers, takes a week off . . . with pay


A fully-guaranteed $2.8 million contract can make a kicker a little picky. That’s precisely how former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is feeling after clearing waivers on Wednesday.

Cut Tuesday by the Steelers, the team’s 2010 franchise player cleared waivers on Wednesday. According to Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange, Reed has spurned opportunities to join another team, and he’ll take at least a week off.

With pay. More than $160,000 of it.

“Jeff is not going to kick this week, although he could have,” agent Don Henderson tells Pasquarelli. “He decided he wants to just let the dust settle a bit before he moves on.”

Reed was contacted by three teams, and he received offers from two of them.

The better approach would be to wait for the best opportunity to hitch his wagon to a potential Super Bowl contender. And he’ll continue to get those $160,000-per-week checks from the Steelers until he makes up his mind.

Actually, he’ll continue to get them after he makes up his mind. The question is when and if he wants to add to that via what likely will be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

Until then, he’ll have plenty of time to practice those pesky 26-yard field goals.