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Steelers Sign Garrett Hartley to Replace Injured Suisham

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have found their replacement kicker for the injured Shaun Suisham in Garrett Hartley.

The former Saint, Brown and Bronco, whose most memorable moment was the game winning kick in overtime vs the Vikings in the 2009 NFC Championship game, has officially signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hartley has not kicked any official field goals or kickoffs since 2013, a season in which he struggled with consistency and accuracy while playing with the Saints.


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He was eventually released by the Saints after a game vs the Rams in which he missed two field goals, one being from 26-yards out.  

Hartley signed with the Browns last year to step in for the injured Billy Cundiff but had no field goal opportunities and kickoff duties were referred to their punter, Spencer Lanning.

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That means that we have yet to see what Hartley will bring to the Steelers, obviously the coaches must of seen enough of him in his try out to sign him, but we as fans can only speculate.

Despite his unfortunate ending with the Saints and lack of work with the Browns, Hartley does boast an 85% field goal completion rate and his longest kick is from 55-yards out so hopefully he can be an effective kicker for the 2015 Steelers team.

Just one last thing though, kickers are people too, and it's not till you lose a good one like Suisham that you realise how important the position is. A quick and healthy recovery for Shaun Suisham.

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