Bengals were interested in signing ex-Steeler Reed, agent says

What's next for kicker Jeff Reed, whom the Pittsburgh Steelers waived in a surprise move Tuesday?

Nothing this weekend, Reed's agent, Don Henderson, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Henderson told the newspaper that three teams contacted him about Reed, and two -- including the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals -- made offers. The Bengals ended up signing Aaron Pettrey to replace injured Mike Nugent later Tuesday.

Henderson said Reed, who hopes to sign a one-year contract to finish out the season with another team, received several calls of support from Steelers players, who expressed dismay at the release of a kicker who was the NFL's most accurate from 2007-09.

"It just gives us a sense that nobody's bigger than the team," said defensive captain James Farrior.

"Jeff Reed was one of our main guys around here. He's been here nine years, he came in with me. He's definitely a leader who came in, he's always done a good job. He's had a rough year this year. They decided to release him. It was a big release, he's a big-time player, and we're sad to see him go."

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