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Originally published August 3, 2011 at 8:16 PM | Page modified August 3, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Seahawks sign veteran kicker Jeff Reed

Kicker Jeff Reed was signed Wednesday by the Seahawks, bringing in a veteran to compete with Brandon Coutu for the job that opened when Olindo Mare left for Carolina.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Kicker Jeff Reed was signed Wednesday by the Seahawks, bringing in a veteran to compete with Brandon Coutu for the job that opened when Olindo Mare left for Carolina. Mare accepted a $4 million signing bonus from the Panthers.

Reed is entering his 10th season in the NFL. He played for Pittsburgh from 2002 to 2010 before being cut after nine games last season. He played the final five games of the season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Reed, 32, scored 919 career points with the Steelers, second-most in team history, but was released after missing seven of 22 field-goal attempts for them last year.

To make room for Reed, Seattle waived Wes Byrum, an undrafted rookie kicker from Auburn.

In other roster moves, Seattle signed running back Chase Reynolds, an undrafted rookie from Montana, and Michael Johnson, an inside linebacker who played for Kansas City last season and also spent time on the Seahawks' practice squad.

Seattle released four undrafted rookies: defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye, guard Michael Huey, quarterback Zac Lee and linebacker Blake Sorensen.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com

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