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Source: Giants put franchise tag on Steve Weatherford


One month ago, punter Steve Weatherford set a Super Bowl record, with three punts inside the 10.  It made him a key figure in the Giants’ Super Bowl victory.

It also will keep him from leaving the team.

Per a league source, the Giants have applied the franchise tag to Weatherford, who has spent only one season with the team.

He’ll be eligible for a one-year contract in the range of $2.6 million.  And that’s surely far less than he would have gotten on the open market, given his performance on the game’s biggest stage.

Weatherford, 29, has played for the Saints, Chiefs, Jaguars, and Jets.  In 2011, he had a career-high gross average of 45.7 yards, and a career-high net average of 39.2.  He’s never had a punt blocked at the NFL level.

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27 Responses to “Source: Giants put franchise tag on Steve Weatherford”
  1. Andy Gasparini says: Mar 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    The punter?

  2. iamthorny says: Mar 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    I’d love to see some video and do some lip reading when he was told this news… “Mother FN Franchise Tag!”…opposite the state of euphoria we saw at the ‘Stick.

  3. haileli says: Mar 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    Smart move. The guy was a beast in the playoffs.

  4. n0hopeleft says: Mar 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    Well deserved. Without this guy pinning Brady inside his own 20, we dont win the Superbowl.

  5. rcampore says: Mar 5, 2012 4:04 PM

    I’ve never been so happy about a punter in my life. The fiasco of Matt Dodge I think scarred many Giants fans.

    I’m very happy that we have a solid punter.

  6. NakedCowboy! says: Mar 5, 2012 4:06 PM

    dude is ice cold… he saved the botched snap on that last field goal in SB…

  7. kmurph1226 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:10 PM

    He deserves it solely for his celebration after the NFC championship game.

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 5, 2012 4:10 PM

    Like a fine wine…

  9. knickedge123 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:14 PM

    Mike Westhoff still thinks that’s a bunch of baloney

  10. numberoneinthehoodg says: Mar 5, 2012 4:15 PM

    What does funnyman Kluwe have to say about this? Someone check his tweets.

  11. clavette says: Mar 5, 2012 4:18 PM

    glad the giants dumped matt dodge and picked up weatherford. night and day difference

    weatherford was terrific this season for the giants and his punts in the superbowl were unbelievable

  12. kchi55 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:20 PM

    The biggest difference between the 2010 roster and the 2011 roster was getting this guy to replace Matt Dodge. Good move by the Giants.

  13. pnut87 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:28 PM

    They way he played last year, kinda surprised he’s been a bit of a journeyman.

  14. andyreidcarboload says: Mar 5, 2012 4:31 PM

    Very good move for the GMen. Weatherford was money all year. Could of used him in ’10.

  15. mindelm42 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:33 PM

    awesome, now lock him up long term. punters like him and feagles are invaluable

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:37 PM

    rcampore says:
    Mar 5, 2012 4:04 PM
    I’ve never been so happy about a punter in my life. The fiasco of Matt Dodge I think scarred many Giants fans.

    I’m very happy that we have a solid punter.


    Same here. We would have made a run in 2010 with Weatherford.

    We would have missed the playoffs this year with Dodge.

  17. jakek2 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:49 PM

    From Jets castoff to franchise player on the world champion New York Football Giants. A true dregs to riches story.

  18. bigblueapple says: Mar 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    As a Giants fan I would’ve prefered a 20 year deal with this guy… but this will do for now.

  19. tripx99 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    Excellent Smithers!!

  20. zaggs says: Mar 5, 2012 4:52 PM

    Well they weren’t going to pay Manningham the receivers franchise rate.

  21. td40 says: Mar 5, 2012 5:25 PM

    Funny how the article yesterday about the lowly Browns using their franchise tag on their kicker was met with several comments making fun of the team for using their franchise tag on a player as “unimportant” as the kicker, but when the Super Bowl champions put their franchise tag on an even lower rung player like the punter, everyone seems to think it’s genius. lolololol, etc.

  22. nygdefenserules says: Mar 5, 2012 5:27 PM

    great move Mr. Reese. Keep winning the game of field position!

  23. greenytheterp says: Mar 5, 2012 9:57 PM

    Thank you Jets for releasing him…

  24. drubeatz says: Mar 5, 2012 10:05 PM

    Whoever thinks punting is not important doesn’t know football. The GMen would’ve made the playoffs in 2010 if Dodge knew how to punt. I wonder where he is now.

  25. tuckyous says: Mar 5, 2012 11:59 PM

    I’ll toast to this move. May even buy his motherfu68n jersey.

  26. deluxe3333 says: Mar 6, 2012 4:06 AM

    Well you know the saying…break a leg…o wait thats for the Jet fans

  27. trueski21 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:13 AM

    look at all the comments with people bashing matt dodge, they all have one thumbs down…i wonder if matt dodge reads pft

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