Kicker Nick Folk has his best season as a Jet in 2013, hitting 33 of 36 field goals, with three from more than 50 yards and a career longest, at 54 yards. Folk’s clutch kicks helped determine the outcome in four wins (Tampa Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans, New England) for the Jets.
After year-to-year contracts, he believes now is the right time to seek out a multi-year contract. A contract he thinks he deserves and hopes is with the Jets, Folk told Jane McManus of ESPN NY on Monday.
“I think so,” Folk said. “I think I’ve done my part but if that’s what they want to do then that’s what they want to do. We’ll see what happens over the next couple months. I’d love to be here, love to be back. It’s a lot of fun to be here, to me it’s a great place to be.”
Folk, who was on a one-year deal worth $780,000, said the front office has indicated it would like to have him back, and that he would want to return as well.
“Yes, and I think it’s been a good year and I feel pretty strong,” Folk said. “It’s been conveyed to the Jets and been conveyed back that we both want to be back here and I’ll leave it at that.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFolk deserves whatever the best contract he can get. In 2013, he dialed in his mechanics and it went extremely well for Folk, who didn’t miss a single kick until mid-November.
If the Jets want to keep Nick Folk, they should be able to afford to do so and will have the cap space to do so. As Folk indicates to McManus in the article, it will come down to how the Jets value the position. Just yesterday, the third most accurate kicker in NFL history Robbie Gould scored a $15 million, four-year deal, with $9 million guaranteed. While it is unlikely that Folk would get the exact same contract, it is certainly a basis from which to work off for the Jets and Folk.
Looking at the average per year (APY) for kickers coming up as free agents in 2014, Folk should merit in the $2-3 million APY. Geno is coming around, as we saw at the end of 2013, but having a stabilizing force to put points on the board when drives stall helped the the Jets win four games in 2013. It would likely be worth the money in 2014 to invest in Folk.