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Steelers Sign K Shaun Suisham To Contract Extension


The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Friday morning that they have extended the contract of kicker Shaun Suisham.

Suisham, who was about to enter the final year of his current contract, is now signed through the 2018 season.

Suisham’s last extension that totaled out at $6.35 million, was signed back in July of 20111 and he was originally set to earn a $1.425 million base salary in 2014.

Last season, Suisham was 30-of-32 on field goal attempts, establishing a Steelers record with a 93.8 conversion mark. His 30 field goals made tied as the third-most in team history and his 129 points ranked fifth-most in a single season.

Suisham was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Bowling Green in 2005. After being released prior to the start of that season, he went on to have two stints with the Dallas Cowboys (2005-06, 2009) and Washington Redskins (2006-2009). He ultimately returned to Pittsburgh midway through the 2010 as he was signed to replace then-current kicker Jeff Reed.

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  • sweep_the_legarrette

    He deserves it. Dependable kickers are hard to come by.

  • CrazyTerry

    Really? Suisham had a decent run. but we lost a game because of him last year and while his FG percentage has been pretty good, especially at Heinz, his lack of range on FGs means he is nothing special. For a guy who can’t kick a 50yard FG, he is expected to be have a high percentage. Hopefully, it is not a huge dollar signing.

  • Mike NC

    good

  • Steelers12328882

    Maybe he can’t make a 50 yard FG, but he’s money where it matters. 20 out of 20 inside the 40s the last 2 years, and 58 out of 63 overall in that time.

  • frednash

    Great
    he deserves it
    much better than previous!

  • Madi

    “For a guy who can’t kick a 50yard FG, he is expected to be have a high percentage.”

    He just set the team record for highest percentage, and he did it with the 3rd most FGs in a season ever.

  • http://jasonbrant.blogspot.com Jason Brant

    Setting team records is now categorized as ‘a decent run’?

    He’s money under 45 yards. There is no one better in that range. Tomlin just needs to keep him on the sidelines for the 50+ yarders and we’ll be fine.

  • SteelersDepot

    I think Terry might be senile, not crazy.

  • Pete Johnson

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. the guy is 32 and going to be losing leg strength real soon, and while other kickers are making 50 yarders look like nothing these days they didn’t even let him ATTEMPT one last year. Add the fact that they are raising the FG crossbar up this year, and now his range is even shorter to the 46 47 yd range. In 2014 that is a problem, it isn’t like it used to be back in the day when that distance was something to brag about. Great he can make short FG’s, so can pretty much any kicker worthy of being in the NFL. I hope we paid him vet min the entire way, he is nothing but a run of the mill average kicker who can be replaced easily.

  • Biggie

    Glad to see it, he’s become a steady consistent kicker, we can count on. Hopefully we can figure out the Punting situation in camp.

  • steeltown

    Nice! The last thing we need is to let a solid kicker leave town when we seem to be having trouble finding a dependable punter, couldn’t imagine needing both

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    I see people are worried about kicking 50+ yarders. I say if you’re worrying about you kicker being able to hit anything beyond 50, you’re not doing too well on offense. Suisham is awesome. He does have the ability to hit the long ones. Tomlin and Co. just don’t like leaving the game on Suishams foot. He’s hit 60 yard field goals in camp the last two years so he definitely has the leg. If he can keep doing what he did last year, give me Sushi all day.

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  • steeltown

    Most Teams in the NFL have kickers over the age of 30, some are even in their 40′s

  • steeltown

    Yea there were a few ill-advised attempts where I would almost blame the coaching staff and their decision to go for it (bad weather, field, etc) but he can hit 50yders, he’s done it before.

  • Pete Johnson

    Yeah in the 9 years he has been kicking, he has hit a grand total of FIVE 50 plus yarders. Most kickers do that in one year these days. I guess all the previous coaches have just been saving his leg all that time, I mean he can hit 60 yarders in practice with no problem.

  • steeltown

    You’re right, we should boycott and become Ravens fans, atleast they have young vibrant kicker

  • dkoy85

    Sorry you feel that way. Must be tough…

  • Kurt Williams

    I was so down on Sham when they initially signed him (he seemed avg at best with Wash, Dal).
    He has turned out to be reliable kicker with decent range. Good for him.

  • AndyR34

    steeltown…some people are natural -born trolls. Can’t say anything positive because they have nothing positive to contribute. Thus, the only way to obtain the attention they crave is to be negative.

  • steelant

    as long as the offense does what it does well be straight and moving the ball up field more

  • steeltown

    I agree.. I was NOT a huge fan of his, but he has proven me wrong with his stellar play these last 2 seasons.

  • Pete Johnson

    50 plus last year….

    Tucker 6/7
    Walsh 2/3
    Gostkowski 5/6
    Gould 3/4
    Hauschka 3/3
    Bironas 2/3
    Bryant 3/5
    Carpenter 4/6
    Vinitiari 4/6
    Feely 3/5
    Brown 1/2
    Prater 6/7
    Nugent 3/4
    Hartley 1/1
    Lindelll 4/6
    Scobee 4/5
    Novak 2/2
    Succop 1/4
    Akers 3/3
    Folk 3/3
    Janikowski 3/7
    Crosby 5/7
    Gano 6/6

    Suisham – 0/0

    Quite frankly Suisham has the worst range in the entire NFL, even with some of those guys on the list in their late 30′s and early 40′s in Vinitieri’s case. His accuracy is bolstered by the fact that they won’t even let him attempt a long FG, because they know he clearly can’t hit them.

  • http://suspect5.bandcamp.com/ HardPunkKore

    This is ridiculous, complaining about a kicker? Some of you have reached a new low… Who cares if he can’t kick 50+ yarders, that just means the offense isn’t driving long/far enough. This isn’t NFL Europa, kick beyond 50 yards isn’t worth more points, they are still worth the same as a 25 yarder. Besides, if the offense does what its supposed to do, the only kicks this guy should make are the points after and kick offs.

  • Pete Johnson

    Not complaining, just not on board with the Suisham is awesome! Great signing! stuff. I would bet my life that is it like 4/6m deal with very little in the way of guarantees for an average at best kicker who lacks the range that literally every single other kicker in the league has, even the senior citizens at the position. Let’s call it what it is. The guy bounced around for 6 years, he isn’t the next great kicker who we just locked up. Serviceable but not much more.

  • joed32

    They’re not raising the crossbar, they’re raising the goal posts to help refs determine whether the FG is good or not.

  • http://znk.cz Jakub Seamus Kelly

    Awesome really happy to have him has been reliable in making all the FGs we need so what he hasn’t made a 50+ last season he doesn’t have to. In that situation I would rather punt it anyway and play the field position game. The situations where the 50+ is needed is last minute 1st and 2nd half kicks. Will see how he does this season I bet he attempts at least 1 of those in pre-season

  • Pete Johnson

    You are right, my fault.

  • http://suspect5.bandcamp.com/ HardPunkKore

    That is exactly what complaining sound like to me…

  • Ahmad

    $ui$ham!

  • Dan

    And for a position that has such a direct impact on wins and losses, they sure are cheap. Not sure why that is. I s’pose the demand is weak since you only need one and can replace them the day before a game. Perhaps there’s not a huge drop off between tiers of talent.

  • RMSteeler

    Not really concerned about 50+ yd FG’s. (Except on last play of a game) More than concerned about his inability to drive kickoffs deep enough for touchbacks. If Wing has such a strong leg as a punter, maybe they should see what he can do on kickoffs in camp/pre-season. He did play soccer for years at one point in the past didn’t he?

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Hey Pete Johnson, thanks for making the comments on an article about a kicker an interesting read. People want to pile on just because you don’t like the same flavor of Kool Aid as them. For me personally I see both sides of the coin in regards to comments made here about Suisham. Training camp is going on so all the pompoms are out because of all the excitement. It’s funny.

  • Melly

    Just bought my Suisham jersey! Gonna rock it til 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ryan

    We lost the game because our defense couldnt stop a bad Raiders offense.

  • CrazyTerry

    Yet he still lost a game by missing two FGs any top kicker should make. I can see one miss, he choked on both. For a guy with his limited range, he can’t afford to have games like that. Sure, A Brown lost that Raiders game too , but he has some highs that offset his mistakes. And the defense was our defense last year – a second rate unit. Even his first year where he came out gangbusters, he faded in the final games. He had one great year in between. I just want to be confident that in a huge playoff game, this guy gives us the edge over the other team in a big situation. A top kicker won’t have your coach flusterd on deciding between a 4th and 2 and a 50 yard attempt.
    In any case, I didn’t criticize him. He did have a NICE run which is what his career with the Steelers is. Don’t just look at pure numbers. See when he missed FGs or had average kickoffs and how it affected games. His miss in the SB INDOORS was not even close.

  • Steve

    Well at least Suisum didn’t beat up any machine in the bathroom

  • CrazyTerry

    Yep, says the same site that was fellating Khan for his cap genius until they realized too late that it wasn’t really any genius(not to take away the site’s great work in other areas which is why I come here). Steelers are good at overpaying by a couple of hundred here, a half million there. It seems trivial to complain about it in each individual case, but it adds up. I am probably not far off from your assessment of his value. But it’s that little difference that seems to add up in the Steelers cap. They are already overpaying Ike by a million. Overpaying Timmons by a tad.

  • http://jasonbrant.blogspot.com Jason Brant

    I don’t have to look at the numbers. He missed FGs in ONE GAME. His shortcomings are well known. If the coaching staff plays to that, he’s one of the best in the game under 45 yards.

    If they didn’t resign him, I’d go play in traffic.

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