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Jets use franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk

Nick Folk AP

We noted earlier today that as franchise tags go, using them on kickers actually makes some sense.

The Jets have chosen to follow that path, announcing they were using the franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk.

With Graham Gano off the market earlier today, the list of free agent kickers was going to begin to thin, and the Jets wanted to make sure to keep Folk.

The 29-year-old kicker had a great 2013, hitting 33-of-36 field goals. Many weeks, he was their offense.

And now, we get to see if he takes offense at the tag, after he was hoping for a long-term deal.

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14 Responses to “Jets use franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk”
  1. patsfan112 says: Feb 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    Smart move for the JESTS. He’s the only one on that team who scores them any points.

  2. green41563 says: Feb 28, 2014 4:27 PM

    Here’s why it makes sense: the market for kickers is thin, and Folk’s coming off a career year, so the Jets would have been forced to choose between (a) losing him; and (b) giving him an inflated long-term deal based on last year’s career year.

    Now they can wait for him to revert to his normal level of play and, if they wish, re-sign him to a multi-year contract based on that level of performance.

  3. jetsfan67 says: Feb 28, 2014 4:32 PM

    Good move again Idzik.

  4. geeandpoquito says: Feb 28, 2014 4:39 PM

    If Idzik hadn’t left Seattle he would have been the hottest GM candidate in the league. Some props to Woody, who takes a lot of shots but had the foresight to get the dude before it was competitive. And, these signings – Folk, the Howard negotiations – are small but hugely significant steps towards the playoffs.

  5. anonymous135 says: Feb 28, 2014 4:40 PM

    Many weekends he was their offense – gold!!

  6. whatnojets says: Feb 28, 2014 4:41 PM

    Some real smart move by Management.
    Wonder if Tannenbaum agrees?

  7. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 28, 2014 4:47 PM

    Superbowl!

  8. 3yardsndust says: Feb 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    The Jets need an intervention.

  9. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Feb 28, 2014 6:17 PM

    Becoming rather a different space for me with Idzik’s management.
    Much more peaceful & relaxed. The part of me that usually feels appalled by the stupidity of contract moves by the Jets doesn’t know what to do with itself…

  10. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 28, 2014 7:53 PM

    The Jets are a tire fire and franchising their kicker confirms that.

  11. ytownjoe says: Feb 28, 2014 9:52 PM

    Those points are going to be a lot more expensive.

  12. dynaco says: Feb 28, 2014 10:24 PM

    Wizard of Id strikes again.

  13. dbatrox21 says: Feb 28, 2014 10:57 PM

    A kicker..that’s about right….

  14. laxcoach37 says: Mar 1, 2014 10:29 AM

    Too Funny…. Jets certainly get to retain the Title of Circus when the Tag player is your Kicker!

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