Dave Gettleman and the New York Giants have officially terminated the contract of four-year NFL punter and social media adult braces guy, Brad Wing.
The New York Giants have booted their punter.
The team confirmed on Saturday afternoon that they terminated the contract of Brad Wing, who served as their punter for the past three seasons.
#NYGiants terminate contract of punter Brad Wing.
— New York Giants (@Giants) March 10, 2018
Wing, 27, became one of the team’s more colorful personalities during his New York tenure. Brought over via a 2015 trade with Pittsburgh, the Melbourne, Australia native became a hit with fans on social media, often showcasing his easygoing personality and proudly displaying his dental braces.
Yeah I got braces, and ya girl loves em! Lmao yall are too funny!!!! GOOOOO GIANTS!!!!! pic.twitter.com/xrSkSeAYaH
— Brad Wing (@bwing38) November 20, 2016
Wing is also known for his close friendship with Odell Beckham Jr. as the former LSU Tigers were roommates in New York. They previously roomed together in Baton Rouge with another star receiver, Jarvis Landry, who was recently moved via trade from Miami to Cleveland.
Wing gained further fame this summer when rapper Nicki Minaj mentioned him by name in the song “Skrt on Me,” a collaboration with Calvin Harris.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) June 30, 2017
However, Wing’s popularity couldn’t save his performance on the field. Forced to punt an NFL-high 95 times, his net average of 36.7 yards ranked dead last in the league. Only 19 of those kicks landed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, tied for 29th in the league.
Particularly egregious was a pair of early-season gaffes that indirectly cost the Giants victories.
In the team’s September visit to Philadelphia, a 28-yard punt by Wing in the dying stages of the fourth quarter allowed the Eagles to travel a short distance to set up Jake Elliott‘s game-winning 61-yard field goal. The next week at Tampa Bay, with the Giants nursing a 17-16 lead in the fourth quarter, a Wing boot that traveled only 15 yards set the Buccaneers up on a relatively short drive that became a go-ahead score. Tampa Bay would prevail 25-23.
The brutal 2017 season came after a career year for Wing, whose 40.9 net ranked 10th in the league. He also tied for 10th in punts inside-the-20, tallying 28 in that category. His season was highlighted with back-to-back NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Awards, becoming a big contributor to the Giants’ 2016 playoff push.
In a nationally televised showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, Wing pinned the strong Dallas offense inside their own 15-yard line four times, including a boot to their own three in the penultimate minute of a 10-7 Giants win. He followed up that performance by positioning the Detroit Lions inside their own five twice in a 17-6 victory the week after.
Wing’s release is expected to save the Giants just over $1 million, per Over The Cap.
Wing perhaps inadvertently foreshadowed his own fate on Twitter, commenting on Landry’s move early this morning.
new beginnings… https://t.co/HkzE7Vw3t6
— Brad Wing (@bwing38) March 10, 2018
The Giants have one other punter on the roster in the form of Austin Rehkow, who was signed to a future/reserve contract on Jan. 1. Rehkow, who spent last summer with the Buffalo Bills, performed double duty at the University of Idaho, serving as both the Vandals’ punter and kicker.
He was named the First Team All-Sun Belt punter for three consecutive seasons (2014-16) and a Second Team All-Sun Belt kicker in 2015 and 2016.