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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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Mark Ingram sees COVID-19 issues in MLB, preaches 'positive midset' for Ravens locker room

Mark Ingram sees COVID-19 issues in MLB, preaches 'positive midset' for Ravens locker room

Like most of us, Mark Ingram has taken notice of Major League Baseball's coronavirus problem. And much like the rest of his NFL peers, has to face the reality that the NFL's return-to-play plan is eerily similar to MLB's. 

So how can the NFL avoid outbreaks that may threaten the 2020 season? If you ask Ingram, it starts with positivity and simply following team protocols. 

"Yeah you see the [MLB] stuff, there’s cases, you try to stay positive," Ingram said. You try to stay with the protocols our team has set for us, and when you leave the facility, be safe as possible. Stay at home and take precautions that you’re not exposing yourself unnecessarily."

The Miami Marlins had 20 reported cases in their locker room following their first series of the 2020 season in Philadelphia. They're scheduled to play their first game on Tuesday against the Orioles, nine days after their last contest. In response, Commissioner Rob Manfred warned to shut down the season if teams didn't manage the coronavirus better moving forward. 

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The NFL has an advantage in that games are only played once a week, but the challenges of preventing an outbreak will seemingly be greater given the nature of the game and its player-to-player physicality as well as the roster size for each team.

"You just try to have a positive mindset, and honestly we're aware of [MLB], we're cautious of it," Ingram said. "We're trying to do the best we can with the circumstances and stay hopeful."

NFL teams are already dealing with positive cases one week after the start of training camp. The Bills had to send their rookies home Thursday after five positive tests, while Eagles coach Doug Pederson tested positive Sunday. 

Based on what we've learned with MLB, players following health and safety protocols off the field will be critical for the NFL to successfully execute their 2020 campaign. They aren't in a bubble like the NBA and NHL, so the margin for error is smaller. Hopefully more players share Ingram's mindset on the situation. 

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Report: Ravens to sign former Texans and Saints tight end Jerell Adams

Report: Ravens to sign former Texans and Saints tight end Jerell Adams

The Ravens look like they have acquired the veteran tight end they've been looking for. 

Jerell Adams only registered snaps in one game for the New Orleans Saints last season, but Baltimore has been in the market for a veteran tight end presence to shore up the depth chart, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

The South Carolina product could provide blocking relief for the Purple and Black, as the Ravens traded Hayden Hurst to the Falcons for a couple of drafts picks back in March. 

The report comes just hours after ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Baltimore was looking to add another tight end, with former Washington TE Jordan Reed and Delanie Walker rumored to be options. 

Adams was selected with the 184th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Giants before making a stop in Houston during his three-year career. 

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