The Steelers might not be signing Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension this season but that doesn’t mean their wallets are completely closed. Friday morning the team announced that they’ve signed kicker Shaun Suisham to an extension through the 2018 season. Financial terms of the extension have not yet been released.
Shaun Suisham signed with the Steelers in 2010 and since then has made 95-of-109 field goals and all of his 128 extra point attempts. In that short amount of time he ranked himself first in Steelers history with an 87.2% field goal conversion rate. Basically, Suisham has been money.
Suisham, originally from Ontario, Canada, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent. He’s played for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and spent some time on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. His career longest field goal is 52 yards done both in Washington and in Pittsburgh.
Last season, in particular, Suisham was a bright spot on an otherwise un-special special teams unit. He made 30 of 32 field goals.
Suisham is part of the group of Steelers whose current contracts would be ending at the end of this season, to which Art Rooney II eluded to being those with the priority for extensions over players whose contracts won’t expire till future years like Ben Roethlisberger. Among the remaining players who can be extended to avoid hitting free agency at the end of this season are Cortez Allen, Jason Worilds and Marcus Gilbert.
So the Steelers have their kicker locked in for the foreseeable future, here’s hoping they can do the same with a punter.