Nick Folk was very aptly named the “Folk Hero” this past season. His ability to make big kicks was a stabilizing force to the team and the fans in 2013. The Jets did the unusual, giving him the franchise tag, but then rewarded their kicker with a long-term contract. Yesterday, Nick talked with the media, and here is what he had to say about receiving the franchise tag:
It was exciting. Any time that could happen, it’s pretty exciting. Most of the time when you get a Franchise Tag, things tend to work out and you get a long-term deal. I think there was mutual interest there from both sides and we both wanted to get something done. I think they just wanted to make sure with all the frenzy that went on the first day of free agency that nothing crazy happened. They wanted to make sure that something would get done and I’m happy it did.
He was confident that he would receive a long-term contract:
There was no real reason not to be confident, but there is always something crazy that could happen. I’ve seen crazier things happen, let’s put it that way. I was happy that it happened. It might have been that they wanted to try and give it one more year, but we ended up getting something done and I think both sides are happy with it. I’m excited to get back there in a couple of weeks to get rolling with everyone.
Nick is looking forward to getting back to work this spring/summer. We can’t wait to see them get back to work, am I right?