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Giants agree to five-year deal with punter Weatherford

  • By Associated Press
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NEW YORK -- Steve Weatherford earned Tom Coughlin's trust with one clutch punt after another.

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The New York Giants rewarded him with a long-term deal for being a reliable force during their Super Bowl run.

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday that the Giants and Weatherford agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth $12.75 million.

The deal includes a $3.25 million signing bonus, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the signing. Weatherford will be paid about $6 million through the first two years, and the bonus is more than the roughly $2.6 million Weatherford would have made if he signed his franchise tender.

The Giants placed the franchise tag on him on March 5, with both sides anticipating getting a long-term contract done.

"I'm looking forward to representing the NEW YORK GIANTS for the next 5 years," Weatherford wrote on Twitter, where he has become a fan favorite. "(at)giants thank you to our fans for making it an easy decision!"

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press


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