Seahawks sign kicker Jeff Reed: A fan’s reaction

The Seattle Seahawks made another free agent signing on Wednesday, bringing in kicker Jeff Reed(notes). Reed will be another player competing for a starting job as the team heads into the 2011 NFL preseason, and he could potentially provide Seattle with an ace in the hole late in games.

The Seahawks website reports that Reed will be competing with recently-signed kicker Brandon Coutu(notes) for the job in 2011. Both kickers are looking to take on the new role after Seattle lost its most recent kicker (Olindo Mare(notes)) to free agency. Mare signed with the Carolina Panthers, possibly getting a better deal than what Seattle had on the table for him. In what has seemed to be a revolving-door position of the Seahawks, late-game situations will rely on a new man in 2011.

Reed had a tough 2010 campaign, hitting on just 15 of 22 field goals before the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to let him go. It was at that point that the San Francisco 49ers decided to take a flyer on him, signing the kicker who would end up hitting nine of his final 10 kicks to end the season. It is that time with San Francisco that head coach Pete Carroll is likely expecting of Reed in Seattle this year. He definitely has the talent to succeed, but hopefully he is ready to begin the next chapter of his career.

This is the same kicker that helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls, including one against the Seattle Seahawks (Super Bowl XL). Now he will try to help Seattle get to another NFC West title, but he will have to win the full-time job first. It seems like both Reed and Coutu will have a fair shake at taking on the position.

This adds yet another player to the 90-man roster in Seattle, as Reed joins the recent signings of tight end Zach Miller, cornerback Kelly Jennings(notes), linebacker Michael Johnson, defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson(notes) and running back Chase Reynolds(notes). Seattle also cleared some extra roster spots by releasing defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye(notes), kicker Wes Byrum(notes), guard Michael Huey(notes), quarterback Zac Lee(notes) and linebacker Blake Sorensen(notes) .

An interesting battle during the preseason is brewing between the two kickers, and that could make the four preseason games even more interesting for fans.

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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with a new coach, a weak NFC West, and some great young players on defense.

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Updated Thursday, Aug 4, 2011