DENVER - AUGUST 16: Kicker Nick Folk #6 of the Dallas Cowboys kicks kicks a field goal from the hold of Brad Johnson #14 against the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 23-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
One of the more unfortunate developments of the 2009 season was the Cowboys' decision to release kicker Nick Folk, a former Pro Bowler who struggled mightily late in the year after undergoing hip surgery in the off-season. Folk was replaced by Redskins' (and, before that, Cowboys') cast-off Shaun Suisham.
Suisham, after finishing the season 5 of 8 for Dallas on field goal attempts, hardly looks like the answer; which is one of the reasons why the Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley dubbed Folk's release"the worst decision [the] 2009 Cowboys made," and said that "releasing Folk made no sense and is a move that could come back to haunt this team."
Among the other acceptable reasons to bemoan the move is (a) that Dallas could have shelved the ASU product on injured reserve, thereby retaining him for the future and (b) that, very simply, Folk was a talented kicker. And bitter Dallas fans and writers aren't the only ones who seem to think so.
ProFootballTalk.com has reported that Folk is headed to the Empire State for two try-outs, one with the Jets and one with the hated Giants. The Jets' Jay Feely is set to become a restricted free agent; Lawrence Tynes, of the Giants, is under contract through 2012.
After his release, Folk said he would be open to a future return to Valley Ranch.