March 6, 2007

Andy Lee could continue his career at Heinz Field with the Steelers.

The Steelers have signed free agent punter Andy Lee to an offer sheet, agent Eddie Edwards confirmed today.

Lee, who played collegiately at Pitt, was a sixth-round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. Last season he averaged 44.8 yards per punt (gross) to rank sixth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL.

First off, I’m not fully sure what an offer sheet is. Pro sports financial type terms confuse me. I can barely explain Restricted Free Agency so “offer sheet” is way out of my range. Thankfully none of that has infiltrated college athletics.

Lee’s average is fairly better than what the Steelers have seen from Chris Gardocki. Gardocki has never had a punt blocked in his career but I might be able to pull that off too if I didn’t spend time trying to actually get a good punt off. I wouldn’t mind seeing Lee compete for the job in training camp against Gardocki and Mike Barr who probably should have got the punting spot in 2006.

Offer Sheet: Andy Lee is a restricted free agent so at this point he can agree to an offer by another team (sign an offer sheet). The 49ers now have an opportunity to match the Steelers offer if they want to retain Lee’s services. Otherswise, the Steelers will be obligated to compensate San Francisco by givomg up a sixth round draft choice.

Comment by KeithS 03.07.07 @ 12:33 am

Thanks for clearing that up, Keith.

Comment by Dennis 03.07.07 @ 8:27 am

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