So, how did Steve Weatherford feel about the New York Giants Monday making him only the third punter in NFL history to be given the franchise tag? Weatherford's reaction via Twitter tells you what you need to know:
Great news for me today!!! So stoked to be back in BLUE!!! Love the NYG fans!!! Here's to another fairy tale year. Let's do it again!!!— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) March 6, 2012
In a release from the Giants, Weatherford added this:
"This is a great franchise and a great organization, really the best I've been with. so it's very exciting to know that I will be back. I think the franchise tag is a step that needed to be taken to continue to work together on a long term deal. I want to be with the Giants for a long time and I really think the feeling is mutual, so hopefully something can get worked out long term and I can be a Giant for another four, five or 10 years."
Weatherford had the best season of his six-year career in 2011, averaging 45.7 yards per punt. He had a net average of 39.4 with 27 of his 82 punts being downed inside the 20-yard line.
Eli: Bounties have no place in NFL - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
"I don’t remember a specific thing that was dirty or illegal or someone going low," Manning said of the times he has played against the Saints while attending a premier screening of the "Super Bowl XLVI Champions: New York Giants" DVD in Times Square. "But obviously it is a big deal what is going on. It is not good for football and can’t be a part of football. I know [NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell will do a good job of figuring all this out and make sure this doesn’t happen again."
NFL Bounties Amount to Incentive System Run Amok - NYTimes.com
To Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, the thousands of dollars New Orleans Saints players were paid under their bounty system from 2009-11 is not all that different from the helmet stickers handed out at lower levels of the game.
Former NY Giants linebacker Carl Banks says Saints' bounty hunting is nothing new in NFL - NY Daily News
"It’s been around football a long time — big hits, and rewards for big hits," the former Giant told the Daily News on Saturday. "I know it may sound barbaric, (but) within the locker room this is nothing. Anybody who has been around football knows this doesn’t amount to anything new at all."
Mario set to hit free agency next week - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
"I don’t want to go nowhere," Manningham said. "But if it is somewhere else, that is where my path continues. I want to come back. I can't wait to see what is going on, am I going to be here or not. I want to be here."
Cashing in on Cruzanity
Victor Cruz, the salsa-dancing wide receiver for the New York Giants, is set to pen a memoir of his championship season.
Cruz, who charmed his way from New York's Fashion Week to the Grammy Awards, where he was a celebrity presenter, was given a mid-six-figure advance for his book, according to the New York Post. The Penguin USA imprint Celebra Books is set to be the publisher once contract details are worked out.