Steelers Sign Veteran P Brian Moorman, Waive WR Bert Reed

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Tuesday when they signed veteran punter Brian Moorman to compete in training camp with second-year punter Drew Butler. To make room for Moorman on the 90 man roster, wide receiver Bert Reed was waived.

Moorman, who was with the Dallas Cowboys just last season, spent his first 12 years in the league with the Buffalo Bills. He has twice been named an All-Pro punter and has made two Pro-Bowl teams. The Bills also named him to the their 50th anniversary team.

In 2012, Moorman had an average of 44.6 yards on 56 punts with 22 of them going inside the opponents 20-yard-line. He only had three punts go for touchbacks and only had one returned for a touchdown to go along with none being blocked.

Butler, who was signed by the Steelers this time last year as an undrafted free agent, was very inconsistent during his rookie season. He averaged 43.8 yards on 77 punts and had one blocked ,and one returned for a touchdown in the first meeting against the Baltimore Ravens.

It is not uncommon for the Steelers to carry two punters during training camp, but many thought that they might bring back Jeremy Kapinos, who missed nearly all of training camp last year with a back injury.

If anything, it will be good for Butler to be around a long-time veteran that very well might help him become a better punter.

Reed was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent last year out of Florida State. He was signed by the Steelers to their practice squad in November of last season, but was never promoted to the 53 man roster.

  • steeltown

    I knew this was coming.. I like Butlers potential (great college kicker, good bloodline) and I fully expect him to improve this year but EVERYONE needs competition

    The loss of Reed is minimal.. we have 4or5 undersized WR’s with return capabilities on roster (Sanders, Gilreath, Kashif Moore, Reggie Dunn)

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Wasn’t Mooreman that fastest punter at one point?

  • David Edward

    This makes sense as they almost always bring two Ks and two Ps to camp. I think Butler would be adequate but Mooreman certainly would be an upgrade if he still has something left. As for Reed, he wasn’t going to make the team anyway.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I didn’t like it when Butler was trying to hit the scoreboard against Dallas last year, but I thought he had a nice leg and a good year. It was obvious he and Suisham meshed well.

    Certainly doesn’t hurt to bring in a veteran to compete, but personally I’d just go for it on every 4th down.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    I’d like to see them find a new kicker with more leg strength. What did he miss against Ten last year? 53 yds or something. We need a guy who can make that kick.