Dan Bailey Working Out With Jets On Monday

After getting down to the roster limit of 53 players yesterday, it has been reported that the Jets did not make any waiver claims on Sunday. Which means the roster is pretty much set for now, or is it? There are reports saying that former Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey is coming in on Monday for a workout.

The Jets current kicking situation is suspect to say the least. Cairo Santos was expected to be the starter but he was never fully healthy. Santos was waived in August and then the Jets brought in Jason Myers who had a short competition against Taylor Bertolet. Glenn Naughton summed it up this way:

K Taylor Bertolet: Jason Myers essentially won the competition against the Eagles when he was good from 58 and 43-yards.  Don’t be surprised if the Jets keep an eye on who else shakes loose.

Dan Bailey was not expected to shake loose.

It was a stunning move from the Cowboys, who signed the ultra-accurate Bailey to a seven-year $22.5 million contract in 2014. He had three years left on the deal. The move saves the Cowboys $3.4 million on the salary cap.

Bailey’s career 88.2 career field-goal average places him second-all time in NFL history, behind only Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens. Bailey owns the Cowboys‘ record for field goals in a career with 186.

The 30-year-old kicker suffered a groin injury last season that forced him to miss four games. His accuracy waned upon his return. Bailey ended the season with a career-low 75 percent field goal rate and missed the only two extra points of his career in 278 attempts.

We will keep you updated as we learn more about Bailey’s workout. Signing Bailey makes a lot of sense considering the amount of close games the Jets were in last year. A strong kicking game will help take the pressure off of a rookie QB.

Idzik Difficult Decision On Folk

JohnIdzikDubbed the “Folk-hero” during the 2013 season for making clutch field goals place kicker Nick Folk is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11.

Folk has played under veteran minimum contracts for the past two years and went 33 of 36 on field goal attempts (91.7%) with a number of game winners last year.  Now entering his eighth season Folk will be looking for a bigger payday this offseason.

The recent signings of kickers Robbie Gould (Chicago Bears) and Dan Bailey (Dallas Cowboys) to lucrative long term deals might provide some parameters for the type of deal Folk could be looking for.  Over the past two seasons Folk has made 86% of his field goal attempts (54 of 63), although he had three blocked in 2012. 

Gould received a four year contract worth $15 million with $8.85 million of that guaranteed while making 87% of field goal tries, 2012-13 (47 of 54). Cowboys kicker Bailey received a seven year contract worth $22.5 million with $7.5 million of that guaranteed and he had 93% field goal success making 57 of 61 attempts over the past two seasons.  Folk has been solid on kickoffs which result in a touchback with 30 last year, although Gould (38) and Bailey (52) had more. 

A team’s kicker certainly plays a vital role not only for scoring points but for field position as well however it can be difficult to put too many resources into this position. Teams often struggle with exactly how much of their resources should go into kickers which potentially limits the signing of other positions. 

The Jets and general manager John Idzik are going to be put to the test with some of the contracts given out to comparable kickers as Folk.  What offers he receives on the open market could persuade the organization to let Folk walk if the offers go outside their budget.  The team could always franchise Folk attempting to work out a long term deal but the tag for a kicker is one year at $3 million and might not be a viable option. 

The handling of the Folk free agency will be interesting to watch as it unfolds since this will be the first time John Idzik has the resources to retain players with better offers or strictly stand by what he has allocated within the budget.  It will give us all a better perspective on how Idzik will handle free agents moving forward.