The New York Jets slapped Nick Folk with the team’s franchise tag, but they won’t need it after all. According to ESPN on March 11, the Jets rewarded Folk with a multi-year contract on the first day of free agency.
Folk wanted around $3 million a season and would have been paid $3.556 million as a franchise player. The Jets avoided that with this deal, and it is assumed he got close to what he was wanting.
After playing for three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Folk went to the Jets in 2010 with a four-year deal that paid him $780,000 in his final season. He made it clear that he wanted a long-term deal and his wish came true.
Over his four years in New York, Folk hit 103 of 127 attempts (81 percent) and finished the 2013 season with the best numbers of his career, hitting 33 of 36 field goals for an impressive 91.7 percent. He hit 23 straight at one point in the season and he recorded a career high 30 touchbacks on kickoffs.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan labeled Folk as a “Folk Hero” and fans will now watch as he continues his career in the Big Apple.