- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets kicker Nick Folk is a free agent after missing just three kicks this season. Although he’s kicked for the Jets for four seasons, they’ve kept him on a year-to-year contract and brought in other kickers during the offseason to compete with him.
But Folk’s success in the past two seasons could give him options, and Folk would like a multiyear deal to remain a Jet.
“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.”
Folk made 33 of 36 field goals this season, including three from more than 50 yards. The 91.7 percent success rate was tied for fifth in the NFL. It was Folk’s best year since 2008, when he made 20 of 22 field goals for Dallas. In other years with the Jets, Folk has been in the 76-77 percent range.
“I’d love to be back here; it’s been home for four years,” said Folk, who has 5-month-old twin boys. “I’ve got a good group of guys around here that I’d love to play with for a longer time.”
Robbie Gould in Chicago was signed to a four-year extension this year worth $9 million guaranteed. Asked if Folk was looking for the same situation, he demurred.
“A lot of it depends on what the team value is and what the team needs, so they obviously value that position quite a bit,” Folk said. “But they also feel, I think, that they’ve got a bunch of young guys who can play for them coming up. There’s a lot that goes into all that stuff. I’m not worried right now, it’s Day 1.”