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Steelers, Reed working to finalize a long-term contract

| Saturday, March 5, 2005

The Steelers and the agent for Jeff Reed, Don Henderson, continued negotiations into the night Friday on a long-term contract for the kicker.

The Steelers gave Reed, a restricted free agent, a one-year, $1.43 million tender offer to ensure that they would receive a first-round draft pick as compensation in the event another team courted Reed and the Steelers declined to match the offer.

Both sides would prefer a long-term deal.

Henderson faxed the Steelers a five-year offer this week.

Reed converted 28 of 33 field-goal attempts in 2004 and finished fourth among NFL kickers with 124 points.

The Steelers are also continuing negiotiations with cornerback Willie Williams, an unrestricted free agent.

A deal could be agreed upon early next week.

Williams, 34, returned to the Steelers from Seattle following a seven-season hiatus in 2004 and started the final 10 regular-season games and both playoff games at left cornerback.

Williams, who initially played with the Steelers from 1993-96, assumed the position after Chad Scott was injured Oct. 17 at Dallas and he remained the starter after Scott returned for the regular-season finale.

Scott has since been released.

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