Giants release punter Brad Wing after rough 2017 season

  • Giants release punter Brad Wing after rough 2017 season

Giants release punter Brad Wing after rough 2017 season

The team today announced that it has terminated the contract of Brad Wing, who punted in every game for the Giants the previous three seasons. Wing was also named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Weeks 14 and 15 of the 2016 season. His 36.7-yard net average ranked last in the National Football League among punters eligible to be included in the final statistics.

Wing, who the Giants acquired from the Steelers for a 2016 seventh-round draft pick just prior to the start of the 2015 regular season, punted in every game for NY the previous three seasons.

Wing, 27, was borne in Melbourne, Australia, and was acquired by Jerry Reese on September 4, 2015, after punting for the Pittsburgh Steelers during his rookie 2014 campaign.

Wing, 27, is coming off a miserable 2017 campaign.

Wing had two years remaining on his deal when he was cut.

His performance during the 2017 season was why the Giants chose to part ways with Wing. He struggled badly this past season, though, and a shank late in a crushing Week 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles proved especially costly.

Wing played with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in college and was one of Beckham's best friends on the team. The Giants signed him to a three-year contract extension the following summer worth just over $7 million. While the move saves $1.025 million against the salary cap, it was based on performance and not finances.

Wing's release is part of the overhaul promised by general manager Dave Gettleman when he was brought in to succeed Jerry Reese.

The only punter now on the Giants roster is Austin Rehkow, who was signed to a futures deal earlier this year.

- Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the National Football League and the New York Giants.