In a surprising turn of events, the New York Giants have decided to release punter, Steve Weatherford.
Weatherford has been a friendly face on both TV and social media throughout his years with New York. Going to prom with fans, showing viewers his incredible workout regiment, and overall, being an excellent ambassador for Giants football.
He signed with the team in 2011, after a stint with the New York Jets. Any fan who watched their run to Super Bowl XLVI, could easily spot Weatherford as one of the more important pieces to that unit.
Three out of his four years with the team, he downed 25 punts inside the 20-yard line. A number that puts him right in the middle of the pack at the position, but his postseason success is what proved to the Giants he was worth a five-year $12.75 million deal in 2012.
The #Giants have released punter Steve Weatherford, a source says.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) September 4, 2015
He downed six punts inside the 20-yard line in the 2011 postseason, including three in Super Bowl XLVI. One of them leading to a safety.
We also can’t forget his hold in rainy San Francisco during the NFC Championship game that saved a botched snap. Leading to the game-winning field goal sending the Giants to the Super Bowl.
His value in the locker room is something the team lacks at this current moment. Don’t you think a move like this could divide a locker room?
It’s one thing if Robert Malone seriously outplayed Weatherford during the preseason, but Malone isn’t even on the roster anymore.
A recent report has surfaced that Giants have acquired Pittsburgh Steelers punter, Brad Wing, for a late-round pick.
Wing averaged less on his punt distance than Weatherford last season, and five less punts inside the 20-yard line.
Losing a championship-level punter doesn’t seem to make much sense. Proven playoff success is hard to come by, and even with the team’s recent failures on special teams, Weatherford didn’t seem to be the problem.
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