The New York Giants signed Brad Wing to a $6.45 million deal through 2019, a gamble of which Big Blue will reap the benefits.
Spotrac has New York Giants Brad Wing ranked as the 15th highest paid punter in terms of total contract value, 14th highest in average salary per year, and 7th highest in guaranteed money.
This contract is a big jump from the $600,000 the Aussie punter made in 2016 as Wing was one of the lowest paid punters last season.
While Wing is surely jacked up about his new deal, so it seems are his friends.
Proud of you @bwing38 congrats on the new deal my brotha #PuntersNeedLoveToo
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) July 11, 2016
So that's why you can't answer the phone bro? @bwing38 congrats bro! #LSUFOREVER
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 11, 2016
As Wing rejoices over his new money, so should the Giants for inking him to a deal that will pay off in the long run.
As a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers two seasons ago, the LSU product punted 61 times with a 43.7-yard gross average, a 38.8-yard net average, and placed 20 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
After beingg traded to the Giants, Wing punted more times (76) and improved in all three categories, posting a 44.5-yard gross average, a 38.9-yard net average, and placed 33 punts inside the 20.
Wing’s 33 punts inside the 20 last season tied the New York Giants’ single season record originally set by Brad Maynard in both 1997 and 1998.
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In 2015, Wing rank 15th in the league in gross punting yards, 17th in longest punt (64 yards), 25th in net average, and 5th in number of punts inside the 20.
Wing basically preformed at an average if not slightly above average level last season, and when compared to other contracts around the NFL, is getting paid as such.
The part that makes this signing such a shrewd one for Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese is Wing’s age.
At 25, Wing was the fourth youngest starting punter in the NFL last season.
The young left footed punter has already demonstrated exceptional control with some serious strength.
In just two NFL seasons, Wing has already booted two punts 70+ yards.
Having said that, Wing’s greatest hurdle to overcome moving forward will be consistency.
He punted 20% of his balls into the end zone for touch backs when in pin deep situations a season ago. That percentage will need to be an area of improvement for Wing next season.
However, with a good foundation under him and his best years still ahead of him, the Giants made a wise, under the radar move by signing Brad Wing.