Saturday, March 16, 2013
Put a Folk in him? No, he's back
By Rich Cimini
Nick Folk decided that four days of free agency was enough. The Jets' placekicker re-signed Saturday, the team announced. It was a one-year contract, a source said.
Folk, who has held the job for three seasons, is coming off his best statistical year for field goals. He made 21 of 27 tries (77.8 percent), with three of his six misses coming on blocked attempts. It was that kind of year for the special teams, which suffered numerous breakdowns.
Folk, 28, doesn't have a big leg on kickoffs, but the Jets are willing to live with that. It's possible, though, they will bring competition to training camp. In 2012, he beat out Josh Brown, who recently signed with the Giants.
Folk will have a new coach, Ben Kotwica, who replaces retired special teams coach Mike Westhoff. Folk became only the second unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Jets. The other was FB Lex Hilliard. They've lost five players in free agency.