The Giants will need a new punter. And Odell Beckham Jr. will need a new Wing man.
The team cut Brad Wing on Saturday, ending his three-year tenure that began with a trade from the Steelers in September 2015. While the move saves $1.025 million against the salary cap, it was based on performance and not finances. After a stellar 2016 season, Wing struggled in 2017. He had some untimely awful kicks against the Eagles and Bucs that contributed heavily to those early-season losses and had two punts blocked, the only two of his career.
His 36.7-yard net average ranked last in the NFL and his gross average of 44.1 yards tied for 24th in 2017. That after 2016 when his net average of 40.9 yards set the single-season Giants record. He put 28 of his 93 punts inside the 20 in that season.
Wing also served in the unofficial role of Beckham’s best friend on the Giants. The two played together at LSU and spent a good deal of time with each other outside the building. Wing is the latest Beckham confidant to leave the team. Earlier this offseason wide receivers coach Adam Henry, who had coached Beckham at LSU and for two years with the Giants, left to take a job with the Browns.
Wing signed a three-year, $6.45 million extension with the Giants last summer and had two years remaining on that deal.
DRC asked to take pay cut. The Giants have asked veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to take a substantial pay cut, according to the NFL Network. The 31-year-old defensive back is due to earn $6.48 million in 2018 with a salary cap number of $8.5 million. It is unclear whether Rodgers-Cromartie will accept the paycut or force the Giants to release him. A decision is most likely to come before the start of the league year on Wednesday.