New York Jets: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time
By Justin Fried
- Signed a one-year, $545K contract w/Jets in 2010
- 104 career games w/Jets
- Career 82 percent FG percentage w/Jets (175-of-213)
- Jets’ all-time leader in FG percentage (min. 65 attempts)
Although his production has seemingly fallen off a cliff in recent years, it wasn’t too long ago that Nick Folk was considered one of the best kickers in the entire NFL. In fact, it’s very easy to argue that Folk was the greatest kicker in Jets history, whether fans realize it or not.
The Arizona product ranks second all-time in field goals made with 175 and connected on 82 percent of his field goals, the highest of any Jets player with a minimum of 65 attempts. His field goal percentage is a whole 11 points higher than the Jets player with the most made field goals of all-time in Pat Leahy, making Folk the most efficient kicker in team history.
Folk originally entered the league as a sixth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 and enjoyed his share of early success kicking for “America’s Team.” The now-34-year-old managed to make the Pro Bowl during his rookie season and followed that up with a stellar 2008 campaign that saw him connect on 91 percent of his kicks.
But Folk hit a wall in 2009 and was released before the season’s end after making just 64 percent of his field goals. The Jets gave Folk a chance and he repaid them with seven strong seasons, the best of which coming in 2013, where he made 33-of-36 of his kicks for a superb 92 percent field goal percentage.
The team opted to go in a different direction signing Chandler Catanzaro after the conclusion of the 2016 season. After a tumultuous tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Folk now finds himself kicking for the Arizona Hotshots of the AAF.
Folk is proof that you don’t have to play at a high-profile position to make a lasting impact.
Next: No. 12