As reported by their official team website on Friday, the Steelers reached a deal on a contract extension for Shaun Suisham that will keep the kicker in Pittsburgh through the 2018 season.
No terms were released.
Suisham, 32, was a late-season replacement in 2010 for long-time kicker Jeff Reed, who had problems with both accuracy and the law in the latter portion of his career with the Steelers.
After multiple stints with the Cowboys sandwiched around a four year stay in Washington where he developed a reputation as a bit of a choke-artist, Suisham immediately began to pay dividends upon his arrival, as he connected on 14 of 15 down the stretch–including a 41 one yard field goal to give the Steelers an overtime victory at Buffalo in Week 12.
After a drop-off in 2011, in-which he missed eight out of 31 tries, Suisham began to enjoy the biggest success of his career the following year, when he connected on 28 of 31 field goals, with two of his misses coming on attempts from 50-plus yards away.
A season ago, it was much the same for Suisham, as he made 30 of 32 field goals, giving him back-to-back full seasons in-which he was over 90 percent in the accuracy department. (Both Reed and the legendary Gary Anderson managed to pull off the feat just once with the Steelers.)
What makes Suisham’s past two seasons even more remarkable is that his home stadium is Heinz Field, a place where the turf and unpredictable wind conditions make kicking extremely difficult.