With the New York Giants in need of a punter after releasing Brad Wing on March 10, they are reportedly on the verge of acquiring Riley Dixon from the Denver Broncos. The 23-year-old Dixon became expendable after Denver signed Marquette King who was cut by the Oakland Raiders where he played from 2012-17.

Terms of the trade had not been announced as of 8 PM EST on Friday, April 20. Dixon has two years remaining on his rookie contract and has a base salary of $630,000 this year and $720,000 in 2019.

How Dixon has fared

After four years punting collegiately at Syracuse, the Broncos selected Dixon in the seventh round (228th overall) in 2016.

He has been the team’s punter in every game for each of the last two seasons.

In his rookie year, he punted 86 times with an average of 45.7 yards per punt and had a net average of 40.2 yards (long punt of 68). Twenty-three of those punts went inside the 20-yard line, 23 were fair caught by the returner, and only three resulted in a touchback.

According to CNN, last season, Dixon had 73 punts which went an average of 45.6 yards and finished with a net average of 41.6 yards (long punt of 60). He ended the season with 28 kicks inside the 20, 25 punts that were fair caught, and six touchbacks.

Looking for a long-term answer at punter

The all-time leader in career punts, Feagles spent seven seasons with the Giants from 2003-09.

He was a member of a Super Bowl-winning team and was named a Pro Bowler in 2008.

Older giants’ fans also remember Sean Landeta who was an excellent punter during the first 8.5 seasons of his career with New York.

While Steve Weatherford was beloved by Giants’ fans in his four seasons (2011-14) with the team, two of the other three punters post-Feagles haven’t lasted as long and weren’t revered by the fans at all.

There was Matt Dodge who only lasted the 2010 season and never played in the NFL again. The lasting memory of him was allowing Philadelphia Eagles returner DeSean Jackson in the last week of the season to return a punt 65 yards for a touchdown as time expired in what was a tie game.

Wing lasted two more years with the Giants than Dodge as he has been the team’s punter each of the last three seasons.

Again, he had some punts that the fans wish they could forget such as the short one last season that allowed the Eagles kicker, Jake Elliott, to nail a 61-yard field goal as time expired giving Philadelphia a three-point win. Wing also finished last year with the lowest net average in the NFL at 37.5 yards.