Folk was released a month ago after entering the last year of his four-year $12 million dollar contract he was due to make $3 million for 2017.
Tampa recently signed him to a one-year deal to compete with Roberto Aguayo for the starting kicking role, yet many are in the belief that Folk is really here to be our new kicker.
Folk is set to make $1 million for 2017 with a $750k signing bonus which is fully guaranteed. Although the $1.75 million is far less than the $3 million he was getting from the Jets, he could earn a lot more if the situation with Aguayo does not pan out.
Folk admits that his role is to help Aguayo become a better kicker, but also notes that he has a family to feed so helping Aguayo will only go so far.
Gm Jason Licht has publicly stated that he has no problem letting a second-round draft pick go and that if Aguayo cannot compete in Tampa, he will end up competing somewhere else.
Considering that Folk is more consistent and has the veteran experience, it is not out of the realm of possibilities that we may see an abrupt change at the kicking position before the season starts.
The kicking situation in Tampa is definitely something to keep an eye on.