Nicky Franchise, welcome home.
The Jets have placed the franchise tag on 29-year-old kicker Nick Folk, ESPNNewYork’s Rich Cimini reports. This is the first time the Jets have used the franchise tag since 2011.
The move was somewhat unexpected, considering that a “Who the heck franchises a kicker??” reaction would probably be more than appropriate. But this sort of stuff happens, and the Jets don’t really have any other free agents in which they could really slap with the tag.
The seven-year vet had the best year of his career this past season, hitting 33 of his 36 field-goal attempts and nailing a couple of game winners. Considering Folk’s 80.3-percent career success rate, though, that may not be sustainable production heading into next season.
Folk has entered each of the last few seasons uncertain of his status with the Jets franchise. Every year, the team brings in another kicker to compete with him in training camp, and every year, Folk wins the battle. Next year, it’s probably safe to say Folk won’t have to worry about his job. He is, after all, a franchise player.