According to 49ers Vice President of Player Personnel Trent Baalke, kicker Joe Nedney will have his injured knee reevaluated this Monday. In the mean time, the 49ers announced the signing of veteran kicker Jeff Reed to a one-year contract.
The 5-foot-11, 225-pound nine-year pro played 127 regular season games for the Pittsburgh Steelers, scoring 919 career points by connecting on 204-of-249 field goals (81.9-percent) and 307-of-310 PATS (99-percent).
Reed arrived in the Bay Area early Friday morning and spoke with media in the afternoon.
“It’s great to have a change,” said the kicker who will wear No. 3 for the 49ers this Sunday in Green Bay. “It’s good to see new faces and a team that’s hungry. I’m glad to be a part of it.”
Reed said he plans on working with long snapper Brian Jennings and holder Andy Lee Saturday morning prior to departing for Wisconsin.
“These guys are great though. I’ve been around the league for nine year now, I know when you have a great snapper and a great holder, how much easier it makes your job.”
Prior to being released by the Steelers this season, Reed connected on 15-of-22 field goal attempt and 19-of-19 PATs. Additionally, he tied his career-long, connecting on a 53-yard field goal at Cincinnati on Nov. 8.
Reed brings a lot of experience to the 49ers special teams units, two Super Bowl Championships to be exact. He has made 16-of-18 field goals (88.9-percent) in 12 postseason games. Since 2002, Reed is tied for fifth in the NFL with 204 field goals made, ranks fifth in field goals attempted (249) and ranks fifth in points scored (919).
Whether or not the gig becomes season-long is out of Reed’s control. His focus is on the upcoming game.
“All I can really focus on is Sunday. It’s time to get back into playing gear. It’s only been two weeks, but it seems like an eternity when you’re at home watching football games and you’ve been a part of it for so long.”
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