Jets place franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk

The Jets placed their franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk. (USATSI)
The Jets placed their franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk. (USATSI)
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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk will be receiving a nice raise for the 2014 season. Folk was hit with the Jets franchise tag on Friday, a move that means Folk will be making about $3.556 million next season. That's more than four times the $780,000 Folk made with the team in 2013. 

The franchise tag means Folk will play the 2014 season under a one-year deal, however, like all players hit with the tag, Folk has until July 15 to try and negotiate a long-term contract. 

Don't be surprised if that doesn't happen though, the Jets and Folk haven't been able to work out a long term deal since Folk joined the team in 2010. The 29-year-old kicker has played the past four seasons on a series of four one-year contracts. 

Folk may have an argument for a long-term though after what he did in 2013. In what may have been the best season of his seven-year career, Folk hit 33 of 36 field goals, including three game-winning field goals in games against Tampa Bay, Atlanta and New England. 

Placing that franchise tag on a kicker may seem weird, but it's actually kind of common. In 2012, five kickers were tagged, including: Cincinnati's Mike Nugent, Cleveland's Phil Dawson, Denver's Matt Prater, Jacksonville's Josh Scobee and Tampa Bay's Connor Barth. 

The cost to tag a kicker is low and as we all know, NFL teams love things that are low cost. 

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