Cleveland Browns kicker option No. 2: Nick Folk
The 37-year old kicker has seen a lot of things in his NFL career and now has a chance to advance in the playoffs should the Patriots knock off the Bills on Saturday night with temperatures hovering around zero degrees. Nonetheless, Cleveland could pursue Nick Folk in the offseason if they so choose.
For someone who has been in the league since 2007 (drafted in the sixth round by the Cowboys), you’d think he would be a journeyman, but that’s not the case. He has only played for four teams, but half of his NFL tenure was with the New York Jets. He played for the Cowboys for three seasons before going to New York, then had a brief one-year stint in Tampa Bay in 2017, and then landed in New England a year later.
For the 2021 season, Folk has connected on 36-of-39 field goals and 42-of-47 extra points. His 92 percent field goal percentage is fifth-best in the NFL. Having a top-five kicker in accuracy would do wonders for the Browns. The only misses he had this year were from 50-plus which obviously is not an easy task. For his career, he has converted 82 percent of his field-goal attempts and 97 percent of his extra-point tries.
Another caveat of landing Folk would be he is used to the inclement weather that would be in Cleveland, as he has played in the AFC East for most of his career.