Sav Rocca, Redskins Agree To New Two-Year Contract
The Australian native stabilized what had been a position of considerable turnover upon his arrival prior to the 2011 season and will be with the Redskins for two more years.
BY ZAC BOYER
The Redskins began free agency on Tuesday afternoon by agreeing to terms with punter Sav Rocca on a two-year contract to return to the team, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Rocca, who will turn 40 in November, was the Redskins’ punter each of the past two seasons and averaged a career-best 43.9 yards per punt in 2012. He said in January that he was interested in playing two or three more years in the NFL, should teams remain interested.
Head coach Mike Shanahan has also praised Rocca’s ability on multiple occasions, calling him on multiple occasions the best punter he’s been around.
Rocca tore the meniscus in his right knee midway through the season and, afraid of losing his job, continued to play through the injury.
A former Australian Rules Football player, Rocca’s NFL career began in Philadelphia in 2007, and he played for the Eagles for four seasons. When he signed with the Redskins prior to the 2011 season, he did so with the desire to stay in the mid-Atlantic area.
Financial terms of Rocca’s deal were not immediately available.