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Weatherford is returning

3/16/2012

The New York Giants and Steve Weatherford needed time to negotiate a long-term contract and they have done just that.

Weatherford reportedly agreed to a five-year, $12.75 million deal as first reported by ProFootballTalk.com.

“I'm looking forward to representing the NEW YORK GIANTS for the next 5 years. @giants thank you to our fans for making it an easy decision!” Weatherford tweeted.

Weatherford confirmed to the Bergen Record that the deal includes a $3.25 million signing bonus with $4 million guaranteed in the first year of his contract.

“I’m excited about having a home," he told the Record. "After five years and three teams, it was an exciting journey but I’m ready to have a home. It’s a blessing that the home I have is a place where I won a world championship.”

The Giants placed their franchise tag on the punter prior to the start of the free agency for more time to work out a deal. The tag tender was for $2.6 million but he was looking for a long-term deal and got it.

“It’s nice to be able to give that to my family,” Weatherford told the Record. “Being an NFL punter, you’re never going to be that comfortable. But to sign a five-year deal… Getting a financial commitment from the Giants is a big thing. I know I’ll be there for the next five years and hopefully beyond.”

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