As soon as he was there, he was gone.
Outspoken kicker Steve Weatherford was signed to a contract with the New York Jets after their punter Ryan Quigley sustained a shin infection which sidelined him for week 7 of the NFL season. Weatherford was originally signed to the Jets from 2009-2011 as their main punter before joining the New York Giants the following offseason. He will rejoin the unemployed after making a one game salary of $51,000. The release came after the news that Ryan Quigley would be able to go for week 8.
Steve Weatherford came into the league in 2006 as an undrafted free agent. He was signed to the New Orleans Saints and ended up spending time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs before going to the Jets. He then landed with the New York Giants where he helped lead them to a Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots.
It’s almost unfathomable that this kicker hasn’t been able to find a permanent landing spot in the NFL after being released from the Giants. With the many rule changes revolving around point after attempts and kickoffs, the need for reliable special teams players has gone up exponentially. Steve Weatherford has been as consistent in his performance as a kicker as anyone. One game isn’t a testament to Weatherford’s value.
Still, $51,000 isn’t bad for one Sunday.