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Weatherford, Giants Reach 5-Year, $12.75 Million Deal, AP Says

March 17, 2012

Punter Steve Weatherford agreed to a five-year contract worth $12.75 million with the New York Giants, the Associated Press reported, citing a person familiar with the deal.

Weatherford, 29, will receive a $3.25 million signing bonus, the person told the AP. The bonus exceeds the $2.6 million he would have earned if he had signed his franchise tender with the National Football League team.

Weatherford recorded a career-best 39.2-yard net average last season for the Giants, who beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl championship game.

The San Diego Chargers yesterday cut backup quarterback Billy Volek, who led the team to an American Football Conference divisional playoff win in 2007 when Philip Rivers was injured in the fourth quarter.

Volek, 35, who has been in the NFL for 13 years, appeared in 15 games during his tenure with the Chargers from 2006-11.

When he stepped in to relieve Rivers in the AFC playoff game, he directed the team to an eight-play, 78-yard touchdown drive for a 28-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

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