The Steelers have replaced injured kicker Shaun Suisham with a player with plenty of experience in big moments.
The agent for Garrett Hartley announced Tuesday that the former New Orleans Saints kicker has agreed to terms with the Steelers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it's a 1-year deal.
Hartley kicked three clutch field goals in the Super Bowl five years ago, and is a perfect 8-for-8 in postseason games. Suisham will miss the season with a torn ACL.
Hartley was inconsistent in his final seasons with the Saints, eventually getting cut at the end of 2013. He has been mostly out of the league since, active for two games last season for the Browns. Hartley has hit on 81.7 percent of his kicks as a pro, so it was only a matter of time before he got another chance. After spending most of his career in a dome, he'll kick in one of the toughest environments in the league in Pittsburgh. He'll still be an attractive add to fantasy teams given the high-powered potential of a Steelers offense that wants to score 30 points a game.
Shaun Suisham will have surgery on his left knee this week and the Steelers will go shopping for another kicker.
Suisham has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and cartilage damage, and the team will almost surely place him on injured reserve, ending his season. The 10-year veteran was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half Sunday night’s first preseason game in Canton, Ohio, won by the Minnesota Vikings, 14-3.
The report confirms an article we had from earlier this morning. The 33-year-old has been Pittsburgh's everyday kicker since 2010 and signed a four-year deal last August.Though a kicker seems replaceable, the position has become more specialized over the years. Suisham's directional kicking and experience kicking at the always-dangerous Heinz Field are hard to replace, an earlier report had. In the Steelers potentially high-scoring offense, Suisham was a guy to target in drafts. We'll keep you updated as the Steelers will have to sign a replacement who will definitely be on the fantasy radar.
Aug 01, 2014 · 12:46 PM EDT
The Pittsburgh Steelers have given kicker Shaun Suisham a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season.
There are a few kicker battles going on around the league, but Suisham's job is safe.