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Will tagged kicker Tucker get new deal by July 15 deadline?

Will tagged kicker Tucker get new deal by July 15 deadline?

The Ravens have until July 15 to reach a deal with kicker Justin Tucker, who they placed the franchise tag on in February.

If no deal is reached by then, Tucker will play next season under the tag, making $4.572 million under a one-year contract. 

Tucker has already signed his franchise tender, so he’s locked up for next year. But if Tucker and the Ravens don’t reach a new agreement by July 15, the earliest he could sign a new deal would be January 1, 2017, after the 2016 regular season ends.

Deal or, or no deal, for Tucker by July 15?

I’m guessing the Ravens and Tucker reach an agreement. Tucker wants to stay. The Ravens want to keep him.

So what’s the holdup? The O’Jays sing it best - “money, money, money.” Tucker likely wants a contract that would make him the NFL’s highest-paid kicker, topping the four-year, $17.2 million deal signed by Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots last year, with $10.2 million guaranteed. Tucker is only 26 years old, six years younger than Gostkowski.

Tucker already holds the franchise records for most field goals in a season (38), most points in a season (140), most field goals in a game (six), and longest field goal (61 yards). He has never missed an extra point in four years (139-139), and he has made 87.8 percent of his field goal attempts (130-148), with the majority of those misses coming from beyond 50 yards.

The Ravens are not facing a salary cap crunch at the moment, so they have the flexibility to get something done. If there is no new deal by July 15, I still think Tucker will remain a Raven beyond next season. However, both the Ravens and Tucker would like to put his long-term contract situation to rest.

My guess is that something will get done soon.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Hayden Hurst is actually all set for training camp

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Hayden Hurst is actually all set for training camp

<em>This post has been updated with a correction to Hurst's injury status.</em>

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Some good news for Ravens fans: Despite reports earlier that a hamstring injury has left tight end Hayden Hurst 'questionable' to participate in training camp from Rotoworld, he said he's doing just fine. Hurst had hamstring issues previously but returned to practice. Last season, Hurst missed four games following foot surgery. After a previous version of this post was published, he tweeted that he is not questionable for camp. We regret the error. 

2. On "Good Morning Football," Maurice Jones-Drew called Earl Thomas the new Ed Reed. Jones-Drew says Thomas will have the biggest defensive impact on his new spot with the Ravens.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET 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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Wide receiver battle underway

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Wide receiver battle underway

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Aside from the battle at left guard, the Ravens also have a battle going on at wide receiver. 13 of the 90-man roster are wide receivers, and when asked who have been standouts at practice thus far, many said Antoine Wesley and Sean Modster. 

2. Just for fun: The Ravens' team photographer Shawn Hubbard took these amazing portraits of the team that will get you hyped up for this season.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET 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: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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