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Jets kicker Nick Folk receives franchise tag, salary increases from $780K to $3.38 million

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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk might be the first NFL player who does not outwardly view the franchise tag as a slap in his face.

Folk was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. He wanted a long-term deal, but New York was hesitant to commit. The Jets finally tagged Folk on Friday.

Most players dislike the franchise tag because it is only a one-year deal, offering no long-term security.

It is hard to imagine Folk is too upset.

Folk earned $780,000 in 2013, but will receive a guaranteed $3.38 million this upcoming season. New York could sign Folk to a long-term deal this offseason, but if that does not occur, he will earn over four times his 2013 salary playing under the franchise tag.

Last season, Folk made 33 of 36 field goals for the Jets, including game-winners against Tampa Bay, Atlanta and England.

Folk has made 167 of 208 field goals during his seven-year career, and never missed an extra point (269-of-269).

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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