Roster News: Jets place franchise tag on K Nick Folk

The Jets officially announced that they have placed the franchise tag on free agent placekicker Nick Folk.

The value of the tag is likely to be approximately $3m.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Earlier in the offseason, I was asked if the Jets could place the franchise tag on Folk and my response was this: “No chance”. Shows what I know!

It’s possible the Jets could have put this down as a placeholder so that negotiations on a longer term deal can continue beyond the start of the league year, which is what they did with David Harris back in 2011. Ordinarily I’d say that $3m is decent money for a kicker, so Folk should choose to take the money this year and hit unrestricted free agency again in 12 months, but there have been a few bigger kicker contracts dished out recently. Carolina kicker Graham Gano got a four year deal that averages more than that earlier today, so it did start to look like things might be headed in this direction.

I’m not generally a fan of the franchise tag, other than as a mechanism to extend negotiations or facilitate a trade, because of the lack of flexibility a one-year deal provides. However, with the recent reports of the rising salary cap, I don’t think cap flexibility will be a concern for this team for a few years.

If the Jets were to negotiate a longer term deal with Folk, they would definitely need to guarantee more than the amount of the franchise tender to get Folk and his agents to sign. That could in theory reduce Folk’s cap number for the 2014 season, although that’s not necessarily a primary concern.




46 comments
bob
bob

Ya dats right.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

No problem with this methodology. Jets are handling business and will keep a guy who produces. - That's the way it should always work. IMO the Jets have always kept too many players who didn't produce and that's just dead wood on the roster. 

The sign of a good, stable, winning and focused organization is to only keep players who are productive on the field. If you want to keep guys like Garrard who can't play, but can impart knowledge then hire them as special coaches, NOT as players.

Despite Idzik's emotional(?) contract offer to Garrard, I hope this signal's more maturity in his management standard. Rex is an emotionally driven HC and if he had it his way would fight to keep any over the hill player out of nostalgia, so it's even more important for Idzik to keep and acquire current performers only. This is the NFL, not a retirement village.

nesboogie
nesboogie

Hakeem Nicks, ODB, Kerley? lol..

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

I'm Jeff E. Guy and I approve of this message. When we cross the forty, I want points. 


Pat d
Pat d

Folk had a good year but using the franchise tag on a kicker is very telling.

kniff
kniff

Revis better not go to team Belichick, I will be soooooooo (please fill in your favorite expletives here) !!!!



harvlis
harvlis

Good move.  Lock up solid players, dump the trash, and take over the division.  O-LIne, O-Line, O-Line!

jimjets
jimjets

agreed Kniff...folks a good man, and glad to have him back. 


I'd also keep quite a few others - howard, ed reed (yes him too) colon (if healthy) calvin pace (at a good price) and cro and douzable for sure....keep guys who contribute, improve the paymakers and a piece or two on the o-line and the back end of the defense and I'm telling you boys...we're in business next year.


brady? dead

manning? dead

rothelburger.......dead man!!


GO JETS

kniff
kniff

Ah what a relief!! Locking down Folk Hero is the first step in allowing (at least me) some peace of mind... 

and I just have to say lock down Howard asap...maybe a two year incentivized win/win deal....


Both these Jets deserve a payday.

Rich Winston
Rich Winston

I wonder if this means contract talks are going well with Howard. I would think he is a more important free agent to the Jets than Folk.

Alasdair Barratt
Alasdair Barratt

One thing to check off the list, and now we've got all summer to try and reach a multi-year deal. Say $12m/4 with $6-7 guaranteed.

Brendan
Brendan

@frustjetfn  I agree with what you said, but I don't think Garrard was an emotional signing, just a miscalculated one. 

levi
levi

@jake100  If they are negotiating with Pace as the reports say I expect he will be back. He shouldnt expect a ton of money at this point.

Omari Brown
Omari Brown

Ill take that trio! I'm starting to warm up to Beckham he and Lee are my preference

levi
levi

@kniff  "happy" they decided to pay 16 mil/year to take whoever our #1 WR is out of the game is. We dont even know who that would be at this point.

green24
green24

@Rich Winston  I don't think there is any connection. We wouldn't have franchised Howard regardless. The tag amount for an offensive lineman is over $10 million.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Alasdair Barratt  That would appear to be a realistic forecast in light of the Gano deal.

bob
bob

@Brendan


Nice move by Idzak. I thinking if Folk plays well this year and is consistent. may be enough to persuade Jets and secure a 3 year deal next year.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100  It's weird when we agree, but I'm happy to do so on this one. 

Pat d
Pat d

Compared to who other teams are tagging it shows a lack of talent of vet players. Now in a few years it will get interesting, especially on D-line.

Rich Winston
Rich Winston

@green24 @Rich WinstonI guess the tag does not differentiate among offensive line positions? I was thinking in terms of the average salary of the top five right tackles in the league.

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@Brendan @jake100  Here's the thing, though, I actually believe that not being in the playoff race for the Cleveland and Miami games was very good for Geno. Those meaningless games probably took a lot of pressure off of him, and let him actually work through some things. The worst thing that could have happened would have been if we were in a tight playoff race, and turned Geno into a game manager to try to sneak into the playoffs, and get bounced after one game, maybe two. That's kind of what happened with Sanchez, where we were so hyperfocused on getting to the big dance that we kept him in handcuffs, and so he had no idea how to run an offense when he needed to. Maybe the fact that Geno was able to play the last two games with house money will help him in the long run.

harold
harold

It certainly is speculation.

The Bengals game was lost before Geno and the offense even took the field.

Go look at the defensive stats in Jets losses.  For all the talk about how great they were.  They were equally responsible for many of the Jets losses this year.  Whether it be complete meltdowns (see Bengals and 2nd Bills game).  Or games where they gave up huge plays at the wrong time to totally swing the outcome (see Steelers game and Panthers game).

You win as a team and lose as a team.

To overlook the terrible gameplans and personnel limitations the offense had during the "terrible stretch of play" is also ignoring facts.

Their was no knight in shining armor that was going to propel us to the playoffs.

"Our year" should be the next 5 years or more if we make the right moves in F/A and the draft.

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

I think your forgetting that Sanchez was supposed to win the starting gig and geno was supposed to sit with garrarrd as a mentor. Idzik didn't miss and I disagree with that rational. Even if geno won the starting gig that leaves Sanchez as his viable backup. When Sanchez went down in the third preseason game please tell me who you would have replaced him with that was a fa and useful?!

bob
bob

@Brendan @jake100



I would just like to add a thought. a little perpective.


QB that didn't get it done last year.

Eli Manning, Payton Manning, Drew Brees Tom Brady, Ben Roethisberger, Aaron Rogers, Cam Newton.Tony Romo..



Could add big time receiver list.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Agreed on the last part. Nice discussion, Joey, if I dare say so myself. 

levi
levi

@jake100 @Brendan  Either way its done now and Geno certainly got a lot of experience and I believe he will be much improved for it this year. But the team better get a better option in case of injury.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Which game, though? 


You weren't getting Geno benched for a long stretch, the team was committed to working with him as the "QB of the future." You have to take that mindset into account, knowing the team would hesitate to bench him for more than part of a game. 


The Jets would have had to win two more games to get into the playoffs, so I don't think it's fair to use "they could have made the playoffs" as a talking point. 


I don't see two games in there that a veteran could come off the bench and steal back. I agree the team needs a viable backup, but perhaps that's Simms now? I dunno, but they should make sure they have a backup option they're comfortable with that can actually play. I just don't like the "playoff" rhetoric. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Agreed with your last point. But the Bengals were, simply put, a much better team. 


That stretch from Pittsburgh through the first Miami game was really bad, but I think it was better served time to force Geno to work through it than it would have been to just bench him each time he played poorly. 


@levi I realize what you're saying, but if they're pulling a starter from a football game it's probably because the game is already getting out of hand. 

levi
levi

@Brendan But some of the blowouts were due to Geno's turnovers and poor play. Maybe Rex/Marty would of gave him the hook sooner with competent options.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 


But let's look at this a bit. The Jets "close" losses were infrequent. The Pats game in Week 2 is the only game that the team lost by single-digits. They had two ten-point losses (Baltimore, Carolina) and a thirteen-point loss (Pittsburgh). 


So, realistically, a veteran is maybe changing the outcome of the Pats game, and perhaps the other three are different, even though the Jets were probably expected to lose each game. 


That's why I say it's kind of overblown. Let's say you had McCown last year, does he definitely win any of those games? 

levi
levi

@jake100 @Brendan  They must view him as a really good mentor to still want Garrard back.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Yeah, and the team took a calculated risk. It didn't work out the way they wanted but in reality having a viable option behind Geno might have changed the course of one game, two at most. We can put it in the "miss" category, but it wasn't a terrible miss. 

levi
levi

@jake100 I also think hes been overpaid so he should be grateful but at the end of his career he may not take that into account.

levi
levi

@jake100  Im sure he and his agent would like one last big payday. "And I want a toilet made out of solid gold but its just not in the cards baby."- Austin Powers.


Rich Winston
Rich Winston

@Pat d All it shows is that the Jets did not have any of their core players' contracts expiring this year.

harold
harold

@jake100 @Brendan


Still think 3 million is too much for a kicker especially Folk.  But on the bright side maybe it means Idzik is ready to spend some serious dough in F/A.  One of the top OLB (no Jason Worilds), CB and WR in F/A.  We can only dream.