Jets kicker Nick Folk is scheduled to become a free agent and has expressed his desire to come back to New York. Folk told Metro NY that the Jets would like him to return as well.
“I’d love to stay in New York,” Folk, who is currently in Dallas training, told Metro New York. “They’re still finalizing the coaching staff from what I heard.”
He had an end-of-the-season meeting with general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan in late December, where he sensed the Jets wanted him back.
“That’s what I got from it. It was a good meeting, I conveyed that I’d like to be back,” Folk said. “[We will] see what happens over the next couple months.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe question, of course, is at what cost?
It is proving to be an interesting climate for the Jets if they do want to re-sign Nick Folk. Chicago’s Robbie Gould got a large four year contract from the Bears last month. Meanwhile Jerry World is making a bid at becoming the NFL’s new Al Davis with his blockbuster deal the Cowboys just gave Dan Bailey.
There’s plenty of time left for the Jets to start offering contracts to their pending free agents, but it seems like the Jets might wind up paying more for for Folk the way the market is headed. The Gould deal could have been played off more as an outlier by the Jets front office, but with the news of the deal that Jerry just struck with his kicker. Right or wrong, it is going to be increasingly hard to justify a low-level deal at the bargaining table.
Is the market for extremely accurate kickers heating up for a historically undervalued position?