The free agency period starts in March and the New York Giants are going to make some necessary salary cap cuts to free up some spending money. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins already restructured to stay with the team. It is rumored that punter Steve Weatherford is potentially one of the players in danger of getting cut. The Giants would be making a huge mistake if they did.
Weatherford is one of the most popular and beloved Giants on the roster. He was a big part of the Giants Super Bowl winning season in 2011. He is great with fans and works just as hard as any of his teammates. However, the NFL is a business, and with a business comes some causalities. Weatherford’s cap hit for 2015 is $3.075 million. It is very possible that he could be cut. It would be nothing personal, just business.
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The Giants’ special teams has been horrendous these past couple of years, and cutting Weatherford wouldn’t change things overnight. Weatherford and kicker Josh Brown are the only two bright spots on special teams.
Weatherford suffered an ankle injury this year that hindered his performance. The offseason should do Weatherford some good.
To find a good punter is very hard in the NFL and the Giants can’t afford to create more issues on special teams by putting a new one in. Weatherford is a leader, the players love to be around him, he works hard, and most importantly he loves being a Giant. The Giants should at the most ask Weatherford to restructure his contract for the benefit of the team.