The Washington Redskins knew they were getting a punter with a strong leg in August 2014. Turns out they picked up a punter who will now be here for a while.
The Redskins announced a five-year extension for punter Tress Way on Saturday, continuing their desire to reward their own when possible.
The Redskins signed Way during training camp of 2014; he came here with a reputation for inconsistency in other camps. That hasn’t been the case in Washington.
In 2014, Way led the NFL in punting with a 47.5-yard average, including a net of 40.0 – the highest by a Redskins punter since 1976. Way got off to a slow start in 2015 – he averaged 45.18 yards per punt in the first eight games (and 41.67 in the first four). But in the second half of the season, Way averaged 46.84 yards per punt.
Overall in 2015, he averaged 46.1 yards with a net of 39.8 yards.
A source said Friday night that the team had offered corner Will Blackmon a deal to return, but he was still considering his options.