News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 6, 2012

Giants use franchise tag on Weatherford

The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Steve Weatherford’s first season with the New York Giants was so impressive they placed the franchise tag on him Monday.

Weatherford was a key contributor in the team’s run to the Super Bowl championship, both as a punter and a holder on kicks.

“What a blessing to have another opportunity to be a NY Giant for at least another season. God is good!!!” the Terre Haute North graduate tweeted.

Weatherford has played six seasons in the NFL with five teams. In 2011, he averaged 45.7 yards gross and 39.2 net, and was particularly effective as the Giants won their last two regular-season games and four postseason games.

Weatherford will be paid roughly $2.5 million, the average of the top five salaries at the position. If he signs with another team, New York will get two first-round draft picks.  

It’s the third time the Giants have used the franchise tag. Running back Brandon Jacobs got it in 2009 and Jumbo Elliott in 1993.

Jacobs signed a new contract less than two weeks after being franchised.