The New York Giants have signed veteran punter Riley Dixon to a contract extension ahead of their Week 14 matchup.
Looks like the New York Giants will have one of their most important specialists around for a few more seasons. On Sunday, the organization gave punter Riley Dixon a three-year contract extension according to the team website.
Dixon was previously playing under a four-year rookie deal worth $2.42 million. He signed this prior to the 2016 season while still a member of the Denver Broncos. Denver then traded Dixon to Big Blue in April of 2018 for a seventh-round conditional pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Broncos originally drafted him in the seventh round (No. 228) of the 2016 draft out of Syracuse University.
During his collegiate career (2012-15), Dixon punted the ball 218 times for a total of 9,291 yards (42.6 yards-per-punt) through 39 games. This year, through 12 games, he’s punted the ball 62 times for 2,162 total yards (47 yards-per-punt). Dixon has had one punt blocked this year, with the setback occurring in the Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots. It was his first punt blocked since the 2017 season while still in Denver.
While Dixon is now set to be with the Giants through the 2022 season, it’s unclear what they’ll do with one of their other specialists. Kicker Aldrick Rosas, despite being selected to the All-Pro Second team and representing the NFC in the Pro Bowl last year, has struggled mightily in 2019. He’s made 71.4% of his field goals and 88% of his extra points this year, as opposed to 97% and 96.9% last year, respectively.
Rosas is currently playing under a one-year deal worth $645,000.