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Steelers kicker Reed signs $2.814M franchise tender

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers kicker Jeff Reed has signed his $2.814 million tender offer, the team announced Tuesday.

Reed is the most accurate kicker in Steelers history, converting 83.3 percent of his career field-goal attempts (189 of 227). He was 27 of 31 last season.

Reed, who was in position to become a free agent before being designated as the franchise player, is hopeful of signing a long-term contract.

Reed signed one day after a Pittsburgh judge dismissed disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges against him. Reed was charged in October following a post-game incident with police outside of a bar near Heinz Field.

Judge Richard King dropped two charges in March and told Reed he also would dismiss the remaining two charges if the kicker completed community service.

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