Should he stay or go: Nick Folk

Coming off one of his most productive seasons, New York Jets kicker Nick Folk is at the end of his contract. Gang Green's front office is now in the process of deciding whether or not to bring back their kicker who is seeking a raise due to a career year.

Christened with the nickname "Folk Hero", Folk kicked four game-winning field goals this year, including one in overtime against division rival New England.

If his clutch factor wasn't enough incentive to keep Folk on the roster, his accuracy is. The Hollywood native posted a 91.7% accuracy in 2014, a career best. He also totaled 126 points off of his boot, near his career high for that mark. Prior to this year, Folk had kicked in the upper 70s for the Jets.

However, Folk's season could put him in line for money that the Jets may choose to spend elsewhere. Robbie Gould, kicker for the Chicago Bears, was just signed to a four-year extension worth $9 million guaranteed. Some may argue that a number in that range is too much to invest in a kicker, especially considering how deep the position is. The fact that Folk did not make the Pro Bowl with the year he had proves the depth that is out there at the roster spot. If Gang Green can keep Folk at half the value of Gould's deal then they should keep him. If not, these are the best options in the free agent market.

Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers -

Gano is coming off as fine a season as Folk had. He hit 23 of 26 field goals attempts and averages just over 71 yards on kickoffs. Being a young player, he is in line for a long-term deal this offseason and could be the Jets' kicker for years to come.

Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks -

Hauschka has been one of the best kickers of 2013 all season. The Seahawk kicker has been automatic from 40 yards or shorter, not missing one attempt this year. He has only missed two kicks all year, one of which was blocked. His season earned him honors as a Pro Bowl alternate, and if Seattle cannot retain him, he will be a much sought after commodity.


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