As kicker Jeff Reed cleared waivers, then turned down offers from two teams to sign with them, his former teammates were still somewhat baffled over his stunning release by the Steelers.
Agent Don Henderson said he expected Reed would go unclaimed because the team claiming him would have had to pay him the remaining $1.16 million left on his salary as their franchise player this season.
The Steelers must now pay that salary, and Reed is an unrestricted free agent.
"We had three calls and two offers," Henderson said. "But we're not going to kick this weekend."
Henderson identified one of them as Cincinnati.