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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