Jets Put Franchise Tag on Nick Folk
Written by Brian Krosky
NFL teams maintaining kickers may be the most consistently inconsistent thing that can be found in the League.
Billy Cundiff spent time with eight professional teams before being a Pro Bowl kicker for the Baltimore Ravens and setting the season record in touchbacks. After receiving a five year contract, he was cut that following season, and now has spent time with four more teams.
Nick Folk, although staying with the Jets, can’t get that long-term contract he’s looking for. However, after the Jets placed their Franchise Tag on him, Folk will be seeing a raise from $780,000 to $3.38 million.
Even though this has been Folk’s fifth straight one year contract, at least he has a team this year.
The former sixth round pick to the Dallas Cowboys has spent time with only them and the Jets, which again, is more than most kickers can say.
The Jets have a multitude of free agents that they can sign, including Right Tackle Austin Howard, Tight End Jeff Cumberland, and Linebacker Calvin Pace.
While the Jets didn’t put enough trust in Folk to sign him to a long term deal, they believe in him enough to attempt those field goals to win close games, after all, he hit three game-winning field goals last year.
Folk made 33 of 36 field goals last year, and was perfect on extra points. Hopefully if he proves himself worthy, with the long careers that kickers can have, the Jets will re-sign him to a long-term deal.