Nick Folk and Ed Reed would like to return to Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Nick Folk would like to play for the Jets again next season.
Ed Reed said the same.
The question now: Which unrestricted free agents will the Jets want back?
Folk, who proved to be a reliable kicker this season, might be the most valuable player of that bunch. And according to Folk, the Jets already have told him they're interested in bringing him back.
"I'd love to be here," he said Monday. "It's a lot of fun to play here. It's a great place to be. It's been conveyed to the Jets and they've conveyed it back that we both want [me] to be back here."
Folk kicked two game-winning field goals this season and had a career-high streak of 23 consecutive made field goals that was snapped in Week 11. He finished the season fifth in the NFL in made field goals (33) and missed four.
The Bears signed kicker Robbie Gould to a four-year extension last week. Gould attempted seven fewer field goals than Folk and had a lower percentage.
Folk, who has played for the Jets for four seasons, has never inked a multiyear contract with the team. He said he thinks he did his part in finally earning one.
"You look at it," Folk said, referring to Gould's deal. "But a lot of it is just dependent on what the team values and what the team needs."
For Reed, 35, the future is more uncertain. He said he'd like to play free safety again next season -- even in a limited role -- especially for the Jets, but he also left open the door to retiring.
"I gave thoughts to retiring three, four years ago," he said. "There's always that possibility."
Reed said he soon will have an MRI to check out his surgically repaired hip for "maintenance" reasons.
Though his best days likely are behind him, Reed had three interceptions in seven games for the Jets, including two in the last two games. He sidestepped a question about returning to the Ravens, with whom he spent almost all of his Hall of Fame-caliber career, saying: "There's 32 teams, man. I know I'm going to be ready to play football next year."
Like several others, Reed wants to remain a member of the Jets, but there's one big "if" attached.
"Yeah," he said, "if that possibility is there."