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Jets re-sign Nick Folk
Nick Folk is coming back.
The Jets have re-signed the six-year placekicker after he turned in a solid 2011 campaign, the team announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Glad to be back with @nyjets and all my teammates," Folk wrote on his Twitter account. "This is going to be a fun and exciting year. Putting in lots of hard work to get ready!"
Folk connected on 19 of 25 attempts this past season, his second with the Jets, and hit all 44 extra points. He averaged 63.7 yards on his 81 kickoffs, recording 17 touchbacks.
There's talk the Jets may bring in someone to compete with Folk for the job, just as they did in training camp when they had him battling it out with Nick Novak. Folk easily won the competition, even though Novak went 2-for-2 before getting released prior to the preseason finale.
Folk's signing is just the second modest move the Jets have made since free agency began Tuesday, the other welcoming linebacker Bryan Thomas back in the fold. But they have their eyes on a few players who're on the market.
According to a source, the Jets are hopeful of scheduling a sitdown with former Lions quarterback Drew Stanton. There appears to be mutual interest and the Jets would like to have him serve as Mark Sanchez's backup.
Also, the Jets are reportedly interested in a reunion with Jerricho Cotchery. The wide receiver told ESPNNewYork.com he wouldn't be opposed to returning to the Jets after spending one season in Pittsburgh.
"Yeah, I'm open to it," Cotchery said. "I'm open to all possibilities. I don't close doors. I'm not that type of dude."