There might be a bunch of question marks on the roster of the New York Giants, but as of Monday, punter isn't one of them.
The Giants announced Monday afternoon that they signed punter Brad Wing to a three-year contract extension, making the former Eagle and Steeler a Giant through the 2019 season. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the deal is worth $6.45M, with $3.725M in guarantees, $2M of that coming in a signing bonus.
Wing, acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh before Week 1 last year, is entering his third season in the NFL and second with the Giants. Wing's 33 punts inside the 20-yard line tied the Giants' single-season record, set by Brad Maynard in both 1997 and 98.
A year ago, the Giants' punter was fan favorite Steve Weatherford. Despite being a reliable punter through most of his tenure with the Giants, a late hit at the beginning of the 2014 season reduced the structural integrity of his plant ankle to roughly that of al dente spaghetti. Weatherford showed heroic toughness playing through the injury, but he wasn't the same punter after the hit. Looking for other options, the Giants made the shocking move of cutting Weatherford after the 2015 training camp and trading for the relatively unknown Wing, who was signed to a futures contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, who signed him as an undrafted free agent.
Wing provided an immediate lift to the special teams, his leg strength and accuracy helping out a beleaguered defense while tying the franchise record for punts downed inside the 20 is an impressive feat considering the talents of punters like Jeff Feagles and Weatherford.
Hopefully with the future of the 25-year-old Aussie -- and former LSU Tiger -- secured for the next three seasons, he'll have the security to take some golf lessons and work on his celebration.