On March 18, 2017, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent, Nick Folk. The 32-year-old veteran kicker will be in competition with Roberto Aguayo for a starting position this season. Last season, Aguayo was a second-round draft pick making 22 of 31 field goals.
The New York Jets released Folk in February, to free up over $7 million in salary cap space. He started with the team in 2010, ranking first in the team’s history with an 81.3 percent average for field goals made.
In the 2016 season, he successfully converted 27 of 31 field goals giving him an average of 87 percent. Folk was tied at No.6 for most attempts made. Out of 26 extra point attempts, he only missed two. This made the decision for the Buccaneers to sign the kicker.
Folk was in the 2007 Pro Bowl. He also was a sixth-round draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys, while playing for the Arizona Wildcats, in the same year. The kicker played three seasons with Dallas, with an average just shy of 80 percent. He made all 131 extra-point attempts and almost 65 of 81 field goals when he played for the Cowboys.
The Buccaneers newest kicker made four appearances in post-season games. Folk has a total of 10 extra points and three field goals, only missing one. His signing gives Aguayo competition for a starting position.
Written by Katherine Miller
Edited by Tracy Blake
Lindy’s Sports: Buc’s sign K Folk to compete for starting job
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