In a surprising first bit of real news this offseason, the Jets have signed K Nick Folk to a one-year deal. Last year's kicker Jay Feely seemed to do a good job and was well liked in the locker room, but he's a free agent, so the Jets opted to replace him. Folk is coming off a bad year which got him released late in the season from Dallas, but he was one of the top kickers in the league the previous two seasons.
It's a risk, perhaps even an unnecessary risk, but if it works out, the Jets will have just as good a kicker with a bigger leg. Feely has missed 10 kicks in two seasons with the Jets. Folk missed 7 kicks in his first two seasons in the NFL, but he missed 10 kicks last season leading to his eventual release.
Folk was a 6th round pick in 2007 and a Pro Bowl selection that season. In 2008, he had an even better season, making 90.9% of his field goal attempts. The Jets are hoping the 25-year old reverts back to form, if not, they may regret letting the reliable Feely go.
Jets fans loved Feely because he was willing to make tackles on special teams and he was quite personable for a kicker. He also mentioned how much he wanted to play for Rex Ryan, so this move is a bit of a surprise, but if Folk proves last year was a fluke, nobody will care come October.