“We talked to three teams and we had offers from two of them,” said Donal Henderson, Reed’s agent. “We decided to wait to see what happens this week.”

Henderson declined to say which teams inquired about Reed, but one likely suitor was the Bengals, who placed kicker Mike Nugent on injured reserve this week.

As an unrestricted free agent, Reed is free to negotiate with any team. The Steelers have to pay him $1.16 million, the remaining balance on the one-year, $2.81 million contract he signed last April.

The Steelers released Reed on Tuesday, two days after he missed his seventh field goal of the season — a 26-yarder in a 39-26 loss to the Patriots.

Henderson said Reed doesn’t want to rush into anything because he is still coming to terms with the abrupt end to his Steelers’ career.

“This isn’t easy,” Henderson said. “We were there nine years.”

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