Giants waive punter Landeta Poor game Sunday hurt Towson State alumnus

November 10, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

In a surprise move, the New York Giants waived veteran punter Sean Landeta yesterday and replaced him with Mike Horan, who played for Giants coach Dan Reeves when both were with the Denver Broncos.

Landeta, a Division II All-American at Towson State who played at Loch Raven High, averaged 42.1 yards this season with one punt blocked.

But he averaged only 39.6 yards on seven punts in Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and several were low, allowing the Cowboys returns for good field position.

Because he was cut before the ninth game, the Giants do not have to honor the second half of Landeta's contract, which was signed last March.

Landeta who underwent reconstructive knee surgery during the off-season, reportedly was to make $3 million over the next four years. He was believed to be the league's highest-paid punter.

Landeta said he had an inkling something may have happened this week. He said Reeves criticized him in film sessions Monday and that special-teams coach Joe DeCamillis said Reeves might work out another punter this week.

"I didn't think when you're averaging 42 yards a punt that you deserve to be fired," Landeta said from his agent's office in Baltimore. "He [Reeves] apparently feels he can get better production from his former punter. He told me he thought he needed to upgrade the position.

"I thought I could have given better production, too, but in some situations, the entire team could have given better production on special-teams play.

"I haven't thought about life without football, but I'm sure I can do without it. I don't know who will pick me up, but when you're out there, the most important thing is that you get another chance."

Landeta's agent, Tony Agnone, said several teams had expressed interest in Landeta, and he could be signed within the next two weeks.

Miami seems to be the most interested, and Landeta could sign as early as next week, according to a Miami team source. Dolphins punter Dale Hatcher is averaging 39.3 yards.

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