On Saturday morning, the New England Patriots announced that they had cut ties with free agent punter, Zoltan Mesko. The domino effect for Mesko didn’t last too long as it was reported on Monday morning that the free agent would sign a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mesko was set to make $1.3 million with the Patriots this upcoming season, so the financial tag could have played a role in the team’s decision to let the punter walk. The Patriots’ decision came as a bit of a shock as they will now ride the wave with a rookie punter for the 2013 NFL season, but the Steelers on the other hand, have locked up a solid special teams addition moving forward.
No, Mesko won’t be the guy that automatically puts the Steelers atop the AFC, but there should be no denying that positive impact that he can bring to a facet of the game that can sometimes be the most important. Pittsburgh parted ways with Brian Moorman over the weekend which seemingly opened the door for Drew Butler to take over the team’s punting position. With Mesko now in the fold however, that certainly changes that thought process.
Last season, Mesko averaged 43.1 yards on 60 total punts. He’s a reliable special teams addition for Pittsburgh and stability is a sure bet with this signing. Mesko is a nice addition for a Pittsburgh team that is once again hoping to compete amongst the best in the AFC.