After a solid beginning and tremendous middle—culminating in two NFC Special Teams Player of the Week nods in 2016—punter Brad Wing fizzles out in New York. New general manager Dave Gettleman made it official on Saturday.
According to Michael Eisen of the New York Giants official website, the team has terminated Wing's contract just two days prior to the legal tampering period of free agency opening up.
Wing, 27, was borne in Melbourne, Australia, and was acquired by Jerry Reese on Sept. 4, 2015, after punting for the Pittsburgh Steelers during his rookie 2014 campaign. An average 2015 led to an outstanding 2016, as previously noted.
Unfortunately for Wing and the Jints, Wing was poor this past season.
Wing's 36.7-yard net average ranked dead last in the league among all punters eligible to be included in the NFL's final statistics. His gross punting average of 44.1 finished tied for 24th. What Wing led the league in was total number of punts, 95 to be exact, but that's hardly anything to gush over.
In four NFL seasons, Wing has punted the ball 325 times for an average of 44.7 and a long of 74. He wraps up his New York Giants career with an average of 44.9 and a few social media moments filled with photos of a fresh-faced Wing sporting his braces.
NFL free agency begins on March 14 with the legal tampering period opening up two days prior on March 12. Brad Wing will be among the pool of unrestricted free agent punters.