1:13pm: Wing ‘s three-year extension is worth $6.45MM, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The deal also contains $3.725MM in guarantees, $2MM of which are coming to the punter via his signing bonus.
Wing, acquired in a trade with the Steelers in September 2015, posted a 44.5-yard gross average and a 38.9-yard net average on 76 punts last season. He placed 33 punts inside the 20, had 10 touchbacks, and his long kick traveled 64 yards. As noted in the Giants’ press release, Wing tied a franchise single-season record with 33 punts inside the 20-yard line, matching watermark set by Brad Maynard in both 1997 and 1998.
In college, Wing played alongside Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. at LSU. After his time with the Tigers, he hooked on with the Eagles as a UDFA but wound up being waived at the end of training camp. In January 2014, Pittsburgh inked Wing to a reserve/future deal and he was able to make an impression as a rookie. In his first season with the Steelers, the Australian had a 43.7-yard gross average on his 61 punts with 20 kicks inside the 20-yard line. Still, Pro Football Focus wasn’t overly high his ’14 season, ranking him 28th out of the league’s 32 regular punters, with a -7.6 grade.
Wing earned the minimum salary in 2015, which worked out to about $510K for a player with his level of experience. This offseason, Wing was an ERFA, so he did not have the ability to test the open market.
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