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Steve Weatherford signed as potential fill-in for Ryan Quigley as Jets punter

New York Giants place holder Steve Weatherford celebrates

New York Giants place holder Steve Weatherford celebrates after his team scored a game winning field field during overtime of the NFC Championship. (Jan. 22, 2012) Credit: AP

Punting reinforcements are on the way for the Jets. They re-signed Steve Weatherford in advance of Sunday's game at New England.

The impetus for Weatherford's return is concern over the health of punter Ryan Quigley. On Saturday, the Jets added Quigley to the injury report with a right shin injury and announced that he's questionable for the 1 p.m. game in Foxborough.

Weatherford spent two seasons with the Jets from 2009-10 before playing for the Giants from 2011-14. He was a part of the Giants' championship team in Super Bowl XLVI.

The Giants released him on Sept. 4 because of his large contract. According to NFLPA records, his base salary was scheduled to be $2.175 million for this season and $2.325 million for 2016. At the time, he had the sixth-highest cap number ($3.075 million) of any punter in the league.

Weatherford finished the preseason with an average net of 45 yards on 16 punts.

To make room for Weatherford, the team waived/injured safety Jaiquawn Jarrett.

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