“The biggest thing, I still have a passion to play. I still want to prove I can play,” Folk told ESPN on Saturday night. “And it’s a good opportunity for me to show that. I ended my time in Tampa with that injury, and my last game being hurt I wasn’t able to perform at my best, and I want to show people that I’m back to kicking well.”
The former sixth-rounder will have an opportunity to return to Arizona, where he played in college. He’ll also have a chance to return to competitive football after sitting out the entire 2018 campaign.
Folk last appeared in four games with the Buccaneers during the 2017 season, converting six of his 11 field-goal attempts and seven of his nine extra point tries. He was placed on injured reserve after knee tendinitis required surgery, and was released several months later.
While the injury was more severe than anticipated, Folk told ESPN he has been healthy for more than a year. Folk had previously discussed joining the AAF, but kept his options open during the NFL’s regular season. He was among a group of kickers to audition for the Chicago Bears earlier this week.
Folk is 50th on the NFL’s all-time points list, and the second-leading scorer in Jets history. He has converted 98.8-percent of his extra point attempts in his career. However, as Rothstein notes, this won’t matter much in the AAF, as there are no extra points (nor kickoffs) in the league.
The AAF is scheduled to begin its first season the Saturday after Super Bowl LIII.
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