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Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd114.9 (13th)300.5 (2nd)
Defense20th99.3 (6th)255.2 (27th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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--Kicker Jeff Reed signed his franchise tender for $2,814,000.

"It's our goal to try to keep working and see him stay for a long time in Pittsburgh," agent Don Henderson said. "They told us that's what they want and that's what we want. They've been dealing with us and talking to us. Hopefully, we'll sign a long-term contract and he will remain in Pittsburgh."

--Mike Wallace, who led the NFL with a 19.4-yard average per catch during his rookie season in 2009 with 39 receptions for 756 yards, should take over Santonio Holmes' old starting split end spot with Hines Ward at flanker. The Steelers signed veteran free agents Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle.

"I think obviously Santonio was a game-changer, a big-time player," tight end Heath Miller said. "At the same time we have guys talented in their own right and I'll be excited to see how they compete and work and I know they are more than capable of getting the job done."

--None of the Steelers RFAs signed elsewhere: offensive tackle Willie Colon, cornerback William Gay, tight end Matt Spaeth and punter Daniel Sepulveda. Colon and Gay are starters.

"There are no negotiations," said Colon's agent, Joe Linta. "The Steelers have shown no interest or desire to sign Willie to a long-term contract and that's certainly their prerogative."

All four have signed their one-year tenders.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"My job is in Ireland." -- Ambassador Dan Rooney's response when asked about recent off-field escapades by some of the Steelers.

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