Jeff Reed Turned Down Bengals Offer

Kicker Jeff Reed successfully passed through waivers, which isn't surprising considering the team claiming him would be on the hook for $1.158 million in guaranteed base salary for seven weeks' work from a struggling kicker.

What is surprising is that Reed received offers to kick this weekend, but turned them down.

"We had three calls and two offers," Donal Henderson, Reed's agent, told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "But we're not going to kick this weekend."

Henderson added that one of the offering teams were the Cincinnati Bengals, who signed rookie free agent kicker Aaron Pettrey. San Francisco added a temporary kicker (Shane Andrus) this week, and likely inquired about Reed, as well.

Reed will receive the $1.158 million remaining from the Steelers. Based on Reed signing what will likely be a one-year contract at league minimum salary of $755,000, he passes up a game-check worth nearly $45,000.

Even with Reed double-dipping this season, with a lockout looming, that's an expensive second bye week for Reed.

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