A big reason was the performance of punter Steve Weatherford, who was discarded by the Jets and brought in by Jerry Reese to relieve incumbent Matt Dodge - an experimental pick the year before that failed to live up to the team's expectations.
The Giants rarely slap franchise tags on players, but today they did just that with Weatherford, keeping him out of the free agent marketplace and back in the fold for another season....
Weatherford is the second player the Giants have come to 'terms' with in the
past few days. WR Domenik Hixon was signed to a deal lat week after passing a physical. The team still has 19 players scheduled to hit free agency next week.
From our partners at Pro Football Talk:
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.
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.