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Bengals should pursue K Jeff Reed

11/16/2010

The Cincinnati Bengals need a kicker after Mike Nugent suffered a season-ending knee injury.

What about Jeff Reed?

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut their longtime kicker on Tuesday. Reed missed seven field goals this season but has been consistent over his career, making 81.9 percent of his kicks in nine seasons. Most were in very tough conditions at Heinz Field.

The move makes sense for Cincinnati. Reed is familiar with Paul Brown Stadium and the AFC North in general, not to mention he's clearly the best kicker on the market.

It's been a rough season for the 2-7 Bengals. They were put in another tough spot with Nugent's injury, but they may have finally caught a break when Pittsburgh made its former kicker available this week.