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Hawks grab K Reed, fall out of Umenyiora sweepstakes

First reported by Brian McIntyre, the Seattle Seahawks confirmed the signing veteran kicker Jeff Reed.

The 32-year-old kicker has played for Pittsburgh and San Francisco during his 10-year NFL career.

Franchised by Pittsburgh in 2010, the Steelers released Reed after he missed seven of his first 22 attempts to begin the year.

San Francisco took a flyer on Reed later in the year, replacing an injured Joe Nedney. And Reed impressed, finishing 9 of 10 on field goals in five games. Candlestick field is considered one of the tougher places to kick in the league, so Seattle likely feels comfortable with more of a veteran dealing with the difficult kicking conditions at CenturyLink field.

San Francisco signed veteran David Akers during free agency, leaving Reed looking for a landing spot.

Brandon Coutu recently signed with Seattle and will provide competition in camp for Reed. Because he's a fre agent, Coutu has not practiced yet, so it’s expected Seattle will release rookie undrafted free agent Wes Byrum to make room for Reed. But nothing is official.

UPDATE: Byrum tweeted that he's been released.

Also, the New York Giants reportedly have rescinded their offer to defensive end Osi Umenyiora to pursue a trade, ending the potential of the 29-year-old landing in Seattle. The Seahawks were reportedly one of five teams interested in securing Umenyiora’s services.