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Who should Ravens use franchise tag to keep?

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Who should Ravens use franchise tag to keep?

If the Ravens are going to use the franchise tag on a player this year, kicker Justin Tucker is that guy.

Tuesday is the first day that NFL teams can tag an impending free agent. The Ravens have from now until March 1 to use the tag on Tucker, if they can’t reach a long-term deal with one of the NFL’s best kickers. Here are three reasons why Tucker is the Ravens’ far more likely franchise tag candidate than Kelechi Osemele, the Ravens’ talented free agent left guard – left tackle:

1. Tucker is too valuable, and too young, for the Ravens to lose during free agency.

He is the second most accurate kicker in NFL history. He is a proven clutch performer who has helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl, and he is 26 years old. Tucker figures to have many game-deciding kicks in his future. The Ravens want Tucker making those kicks for them, not someone else.

2.  The Ravens want to keep Osemele, but using the tag on Tucker is far less costly.

Franchise-tagged players are given a one-year contract, determined by averaging the top five salaries at their position. While the league has not announced this year’s exact numbers, the franchise tag for kickers is expected to be around $4.5 million. The franchise tag number for offensive linemen is expected to be in the $13 million range. The Ravens don’t have much salary cap flexibility, and are still trying to restructure the contract of quarterback Joe Flacco, whose cap number for next season is $28.55 million. As much as the Ravens want to keep Osemele, they may not be able to afford it.

3. Hitting Tucker with the franchise tag would hardly insult him, although he would prefer a new deal.

Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots is the NFL’s highest-paid kicker, averaging $4.3 million per season. So the franchise tag number would vault Tucker past Gostkowski, and give the Ravens more time to reach a long-term, salary cap friendly deal with Tucker.

Remember playing the game of tag as kids? In this case, even if Tucker is tagged, he wins.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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