Veteran K Nick Folk signed with the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football on Saturday.
Folk was one of six kickers who tried out for the Bears last week before they signed Redford Jones to a contract.
Folk explained that joining the AAF is a good opportunity to prove he can still do the job at a high level.
“The biggest thing, I still have a passion to play. I still want to prove I can play,” Folk said, via ESPN.com. “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.”
Folk, 34, is a former sixth-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2007. He spent over two years in Dallas before he signed on with the Jets in 2010 as a free agent.
Folk was entering the final year of his four-year, $12 million contract that included $2.1 million guaranteed when the Jets released him.
The Buccaneers later signed Folk to a one-year, $1.75-million contract to compete with Roberto Aguayo and he managed to win the job this summer. However, he was placed on injured reserve and eventually released in February of last year.
In 2017, Folk appeared in four games and converted just 6 of 11 field goal attempts (54.5 percent) to go along with 7 of 9 extra point tries.