The New York Giants have cut punter Steve Weatherford from their roster.
As NFL teams across the USA cut down their rosters to meet the 53-man requirement, Weatherford has become one of the first noticeable casualties in this round of team selection.
Weatherford is an experienced NFL punter, and at the age of 32, he still has plenty left in the tank so he shouldn’t have a problem finding a new team to feature for in the future.
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The 2006 undrafted punter who arrived at the Giants in 2011 has performed well on several occasions for the team. Weatherford helped the Giants win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots in the 2011 season.
Weatherford entered the league when he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Since then, he has played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New York Jets.
Rand Getlin was one of the first to announce the departure of Weatherford on his twitter account.
Why this cut is surprising is not only because of Weatherford’s talent, but because he signed a five-year contract worth $12.75 million with the team back in March 2012, meaning he is only in the third year of that deal.
During his time in the NFL, Weatherford has punted 674 times for 29,998 yards, averaging 44.5 yards per punt. His longest punt is 71 yards, which came last season for the Giants, and 211 of his punts have ended inside the 20.
In terms of his possible replacement at the Giants, Ian Rapoport has said the team has traded with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 24-year-old punter Brad Wing.