After a visit, the New England Patriots plan to sign free agent veteran kicker Nick Folk, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. A report Saturday by Rapoport said that the Patriots’ move is expected Monday, after Folk first goes through protocol.
The Patriots currently have rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser on their roster. They drafted him from Marshall with the No. 159 overall pick in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
With the Thundering Herd from 2018-19, Rohrwasser converted on 33 of 42 (78.6 percent) field goals.
Folk, 35, spent the second half of the 2019 season with the Patriots. He signed Oct. 29, 2019, but was released Nov. 29, 2019, after undergoing an appendectomy.
Upon his recovery, the Patriots re-signed him Dec. 6, 2019. Folk became a free agent after the season and received a tryout Wednesday with the Cleveland Browns.
In seven regular-season games with the Patriots, Folk made 14 of 17 field goals (82.4 percent). He converted on all 12 of his extra-point attempts.
Folk went 2 for 2 on field goals of 36 and 21 yards Patriots’ 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Round.
Folk’s 2019 signing with the Patriots came after a spring stint in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football (AAF) with the Arizona Hotshots. During his short time in the league, he nailed an AAF-record field goal of 55 yards.
Folk was without a team for the 2018 NFL season. He spent his 2017 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making 6 of 11 field goals (54.5 percent) and going 7 for 9 (77.8 percent) on extra points.
Notably with the New York Jets for a seven-year stretch from 2010-16, Folk made 175 of 213 field goals (82.2 percent) and went 204 for 206 (99.0 percent) on extra-point attempts. Folk’s best season with the Jets came in 2013, when he connected on a career-high 91.7 percent (33 of 36) field goals and all 27 extra-point attempts.
Prior to the Jets, Folk’s career started with a three-year run in Dallas. With the Cowboys from 2007-09, Folk made 64 of 81 (79.0 percent) field goals and all 131 extra points.
As a rookie with the Cowboys in 2007, Folk earned his lone Pro Bowl selection. He connected on 26 of 31 (83.9 percent) field goals and all 53 extra-point attempts.
The Cowboys selected Folk from Arizona with the No. 178 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. With the Wildcats from 2003-06, Folk played in 44 games, making 30 of 47 (63.8 percent) field goals.
While at Arizona, Folk also handled punt duties from 2005-06. Folk attempted 96 punts for 4,242 yards (44.2 average).
A two-star recruit out of Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, Folk joined the Wildcats after garnering interest from several other Pac-12 programs. He took his talents to Tucson, Arizona, as the 247Sports Composite’s No. 1,668 overall prospect, No. 38 kicker and No. 181 player in California for the 2002 recruiting class.