Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has been participating in OTA’s, despite not having a long-term deal.
The Ravens used the franchise tag on Tucker, one of the NFL’s best kickers, which locked him into a one-year, $4.57 million contract for next season.
The deadline for completing a new long-term contract is July 15, but Tucker is not stressing.
He sees his long-term future with the Ravens.
“As of right now, there hasn’t been a whole lot happening, but there’s still time,” Tucker told reporters Sunday at Lardarius Webb’s charity softball game.
"I’m optimistic something will get done. It’s a matter of when, not if. I think the last time we had real, productive, conversation was right around the start of the offseason program. But I know there’s a lot of things to juggle from their perspective. All I can do is be patient and let the process unfold how it’s going to unfold. There’s no sense in complaining about it. I’m definitely in a very fortunate position.”
This has already been a good offseason for Tucker and his wife, who celebrated the birth of their son last month. Tucker says being a father gives him even more reason to be dedicated to his craft.
“I was at every single OTA, even with the newborn,” Tucker said.
“Football pays the bills. Being really, really good at kicking a football is important to me.”
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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