Report: Steelers To Sign P Zoltan Mesko

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 is reporting Monday on Twitter that former New England Patriots kicker Zoltan Mesko will be signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

Mesko, who was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Michigan, was released on Saturday after he was beaten out by rookie Ryan Allen.

In his first three seasons in the league, Mesko has registered a 44.2 yard average and a net of 40.7

The signing of Mesko now means second-year punter Drew Butler will be waived. Butler appeared to have beaten out Brian Moorman for the job, but the team obviously sees Mesko as a long-term upgrade.

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  • george

    Wow, the cuts keep coming. who will be next?

  • JohnnyV1

    Funny how you guys talked about this on the podcast (I just finished listening to it), and here it is. Wonder if he signs a multi-year deal, or just 1yr.

  • SteelersDepot

    Would think multi

  • Mark

    Hopefully locked up on a multi-year deal. Very good signing

  • cencalsteeler

    This surprises me. I’m all for upgrades, but Butler I thought was a lock. His avg. is 43.8 and he’s young. I’m assuming Mesko’s hang time must be significantly better?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Butler may have beaten out Moorman but it wasn’t by much and he wasn’t overly impressive. We have to remember Butler was one of the worst punters last year and although he looked a little bit better it wasn’t significant. This is a easy upgrade IMO. Much better then the Malecki/Wallace exchange.

  • dgh57

    Hey, it doesn’t matter to me who’s foot the football comes off of, if he can give us better field position and hang time than Butler then sign him up!

  • Hutch

    I am all for replacing players from last years club. You can’t keep what you have, if it stinks, and expect to be better next year.

  • cencalsteeler

    Impressive stat on Mesko. 101 of 175 punts were not returned by opponents.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Hopefully, he can quickly develop a rapport with Suisham and Warren. That would be my only concern with a move like this, given how well Suisham kicked last year.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Zoltan! This guy will make our punt team look better. He gets his punts off quick and has good hang time. He lost his job to a 2 time Ray Guy award winner. Win for us!

  • steeltown

    Wow.. this is surprising, but hell this guy is a really good punter that’s for sure.. one thing I heard is the Patriots went with a highly touted younger rookie kicker in part because they didn’t want to pay Mesko his 4th year 1.3MIL salary

  • Douglas Andrews

    Got to give it to the front office. They are really trying to upgrade the team. Have to admit i’m still bumed out about Dwyer but I trust their decisions. Hard to argue with the results especially from the Colbert era. Give alot of credit to our player personnel dept, while there have been some misses for the most part they are spot on! I’m all for any upgrades especially if that gets us a better team than 8-8. Welcome to Steeler Nation Zoltan

  • Jason Brant

    Looks like Colbert wasn’t playing around when he said he wasn’t happy with the team last season.

  • chris ward

    Really like this signing by Colbert.

  • TxSteeler

    I just want a punter that can pin teams inside the 10 when they have a chance. Butler seemed to always put it in the end zone.

  • Paul Jones

    does everyone forget that Brian Moorman consistently has a 90+ speed rating in madden? haha

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree. Field position holds more value than you think. Imagine Ben and the O’s psyche going out there to start at mid field compared to starting inside their own 20. You can switch roles and the same holds true for the D. It feels a lot better to go out on the field when the opponent is pinned back against their goal. It’s mindset is contagious. Just look at the fans in the end zone when a offense is pinned back. That alone can dictate how a game plays out. Emotion and momentum are bigger factors in football than one might think and I do believe field position is the key.

  • Mike.H

    I imagine Z has better hang time than Butler and less punts returnable… and Z being Romanian should love the polish pastries ‘around the Burgh.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Totally agreed.

  • TxSteeler

    Exactly. ST are a major factor in winning and losing games. I think ours will be a helluva lot better this year. Now, lets take care of business this sunday and turn the titans into eunicks, or however you spell it.

  • Gautama Om

    So we approximately saved close to 600k by upgrading our RB’s to Felix Jones (over Dwyer) and used it to cover most of the 800k difference between Butler and Mesko. Essentially an extra 200k for an upgrade at both RB’s and ST’s.

    This is undoubtedly one of the best movers in the Steelers offseason. It should improve our ST significantly and thus improve field position battle.

    And we still have about about $3mil in salary cap to extend a current starter to a long term contract.

    I’ve been real hard critic on Colbert but this time I can’t argue against him at all.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Some other parameters I liked the Z signing is that he is accostumed to the cold weather and also is used to play important games like playoffs and SB.

    Welcome, Mesko!

  • Gautama Om

    Not sure about your ‘polish pastries’ opinion but I’ve looked at Mesko’s Fair Catch (FC) numbers for 2011 and 2012 and I can tell you his FC percentage rate over the past 2 seasons was 32%; good for 3rd best overall amongst punters in 2011 and 6th best overall in 2012. While he is no Adam Podlesh or Andy Lee those are still very good numbers and great for the Steelers if we remain stout defensively.

    Drew Butler’s FC percentage was 26% (2012) while in 2011 the Kapinos/Sepulveda tandem was 22% combined. Mesko is clearly superior.

  • Mike.H

    Is it just me or 95% of all Steelers offense begin on their own 20 or worst…? 🙁

  • Jeff Johnson

    I agree, I have also but these moves recently for the most part have been good

  • Jeff Johnson

    Steelers made some good special teams moves today

  • Matthew Marczi

    Actually because Mesko cleared waivers before the Steelers signed him they’re not on the hook for that $1.323 he was set to earn. I suspect whatever the Steelers signed him for would have even less of a cap hit.

  • Madi

    Mesko and LSH this year, and I love the Felix Jones trade. Feels good to be on this end!

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  • gene mann

    Good move since we knew Colbert and Company not happy with Butler this is an upgrade.

  • Luke Shabro

    I didn’t know much os LSH except for him being change of pace in Zona. I wasn’t psyched until I watched him in the preseason. He’s small but tough as nails. I’m pumped!

  • Gautama Om

    You’re way wrong on your last comment. Wallace is a significant upgrade at backup OC over BOTH the newly converted OC Malecki and OC Beachum. The two transactions are AT BEST equal in value, with possibly the Wallace pickup being the bigger one considering zilch depth we have at OC and that the OL starters being average at best.

    Lets put it this way, if Pouncey (who’s overrated) goes down this OL goes from average (at best) to the worst OL in the NFL with Malecki or Beachum at OC and that’s the end of our season folks. Our season’s hopes will hinge on the play and improvement of the OL PERIOD. Thus any improvement on the OL is magnified.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    so you think that a guy who has not been able to stick on a roster for the last four years is a huge upgrade from a guy who can not stick on a roster for 3. I see your point. To say I am way wrong is absurd but to say I may be a little bit over zealous is another but I am right. LOL