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Former Arizona kicker Nick Folk re-signs with Patriots

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The next time Nick Folk plays in an NFL game he will be the longest-tenured former Arizona Wildcats player in NFL history. And he’ll be doing it with the same team he spent the previous two seasons against.

The 36-year-old Folk has signed a 1-year, $1.625 million contract with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Mike Riess. Per Riess, Folk gets a fully guaranteed $1.1 million in base pay and a $125,000 signing bonus, with a $23,500 roster bonus prior to each game, and incentives can make the deal worth up to $2.5 million.

It will be the 14th season for Folk, who currently is tied with ex-Patriot Tedy Bruschi for most years in the NFL. He had a career year with the Patriots in 2020, making 26 of 28 field goals (including 13 of 15 from 40 yards or deeper) and making 30 of 33 extra points.

Folk, who was a sixth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2007, has 285 field goals in 177 games with four teams. The 285 makes are sixth-most among NFL players who were active last season and 35th all-time.

From 2003-06 Folk made 30 field goals at Arizona, including 15 as a senior.