Steve Weatherford cut by Jets, nets $51K paycheck for one game’s work
The New York Jets have released Steve Weatherford, who served as an emergency replacement for injured regular punter Ryan Quigley.
And with his short stint all said and done — he was signed on Saturday — the veteran punter earned $51,000 for four days of work which included him handling punting duties in the team’s tilt with the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Weatherford, signed on Saturday, played for the Jets as well as the New York Giants during his successful career, and was deemed a perfect candidate to replace Quigley, who had an infection on his shin that caused swelling and bruising and was unable to go for Sunday’s game. Weatherford still lives in New Jersey and was hosting a radio show in New York City when he was called upon by the Jets.
All told, Weatherford, who admitted he was rusty, punted four times (a 40.3 gross yards average) and served as holder on five plays between PAT and field goal attempts. Given he’s a player with nine years vested, he was signed for the veteran’s minimum salary of $870,000, ESPN reports. Prorated for his time with the team — specifically the one game in which he played — Weatherford earned a $51,176. Not too shabby of payday to say the least, especially considering he said he really enjoyed getting back on the field.
But with Quigley apparently ready to go for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, Weatherford’s return stint to the NFL was a short-lived one, although he did prove he can still play, especially given he admitted he had only practiced a handful of times since being cut by the Giants, with the last time being when his seven-year-old son served as his long-snapper during a workout in a park.