Steelers to Tag Jeff Reed as Well
Just a few hours after news came out that the Steelers were planning to place the franchise tag on Hampton, news broke that the Steelers are planning to place a transition tag on Reed as well. A transition tag doesn't prevent another team from signing Reed to a contract offer (without giving up any compensation), but the Steelers have the right to match the offer.
Reed will get $2.6 million for 2010, which is a pretty decent one-year deal for a kicker. What it is not is the long-term deal that Reed wants. There is a chance that another team will give Reed the deal he wants, but considering his best strength is his ability to kick in Heinz Field's impossible conditions (not as valuable for other teams) and his worst weakness is his extremely weak kickoffs, that's not a sure bet.
But by keeping Reed and Hampton tied down, Pittsburgh now enters the offseason with only one key free agent target--either re-signing Clark or finding another free safety to replace him. Everywhere else, even all across the offensive line, the Steelers have a likely starter already on the roster.