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Steelers sign K Boswell to replace Scobee


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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent kicker Chris Boswell on Saturday and released Josh Scobee, who missed two fourth quarter-field goals in the overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Boswell was one of several kickers to try out for the Steelers after Thursday night’s 23-20 loss. Boswell will be the fourth kicker for Pittsburgh in 2015.

Boswell was with the New York Giants for the team’s offseason and training camp. He spent one week of the 2014 season on the Houston Texans’ practice squad.

Boswell originally signed with the Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Rice on May 16, 2014.

Scobee had gone just 3-for-7 on field goals beyond 40 yards this season. In four games since he came in to replace Shaun Suisham, who is out for the year with a torn ACL, Scobee missed four of his 10 field-goal attempts.

Scobee missed two field-goal tries Thursday night — pulling both wide left — in the last 2:24 of the fourth quarter from 49 and 41 yards. Then in overtime, the Steelers drove to the Baltimore 33-yard line on their second possession but head coach Mike Tomlin decided against trying a game-winning field-goal attempt by Scobee on fourth-and-1 with what would have been a 50-yard kick.

Tomlin was asked after the game whether he would explore the possibility of enlisting a new kicker.

“We have to turn the stones over,” Tomlin said Thursday night. “We have to find ways to win games. Obviously, that’s an element of it. It was an element of the outcome.”

The Steelers acquired Scobee and his $3.425 million salary from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a sixth-round pick in August.

Scobee was the team’s third kicker after Suisham tore an ACL on his left knee in the first preseason game and replacement Garrett Hartley went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury in their next-to-last preseason game.

The Steelers also tried out former Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath.

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