Weatherford doesn't want to get complacent

March, 19, 2012
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Steve Weatherford officially signed his five-year contract on Monday and vowed not to get complacent and to work as hard as he did last summer when he came in having to compete with Matt Dodge for his job.

“I still don’t want to feel like I have security, because I don’t think it’s good to get comfortable in my business,” Weatherford said in a story on the Giants' website. “I never want to get complacent. Because when you get complacent, then bad things happen. I think the Giants have given me the commitment that I’m looking for. And I know that this is going to be my home for a long time, so that feels good. But I’m still going to strive to get better.”

Weatherford signed a five-year deal reportedly worth $12.75 million. The Giants placed their franchise tag on him when they could not come to terms to give both sides more time to negotiate a long-term contract. Now the Giants appear to have their punter position set for several years.

“It’s been unbelievable,” Weatherford said. “This is a dream come true. To go from 7-7 to making the playoffs to winning all those playoff games and actually feeling like that I had a big part in it, and then to get to the Super Bowl and to execute the way we executed, and for me specifically to feel like I really had a big part in winning the Super Bowl, it was amazing."

"And then to being honored with the franchise tag – obviously punters don’t receive anything like that usually – so that was very flattering," he added. "Last year was the first year that I really felt that I could kind of place the ball wherever I wanted to. I think I’m going to be able to build off last year just from a comfort standpoint."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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