The Patriots capped the first day of the NFL’s legal tampering period by bringing back another productive veteran. Late Monday night, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported the team has re-signed kicker Nick Folk. According to Pelissero, Folk’s new contract will see him make up to $5.6 million over two years, with $2.19 million guaranteed.
Folk was first signed by the Patriots partway through the 2019 season, and he and the team had been on a year-by-year basis since then. This is the 37-year-old’s first multi-year deal in New England.
In his time with the Patriots Folk has been nothing less than extraordinary. He’s hit 90.5 percent of his 84 field goal attempts, and hasn’t missed a kick from inside 50 yards since the 2020 season opener. Since he arrived in New England, only three kickers in the NFL have a better overall field goal percentage (min. 70 attempts).
With Folk’s new contract, the Patriots have now retained five of their 22 pending free agents. Folk joins Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater, Brian Hoyer, and James Ferentz while restricted free agent Jakobi Meyers was also tendered a contract. Meanwhile, J.C. Jackson and Ted Karras have signed elsewhere.
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