2:53pm: The Ravens have formally announced the deal.
2:31pm: And then there were five. The Ravens have struck a long-term extension for kicker Justin Tucker, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Tucker’s new deal is worth $16.8MM over four years, including $10.8MM guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter).
Tucker is now the highest-paid kicker in the NFL in terms of guaranteed money, topping Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots. However, he is still second to Gostkowski in terms of average annual salary.
Tucker, one of the league’s best kickers, already signed his franchise tender earlier this offseason, guaranteeing himself $4.572MM for the upcoming season. Talks appeared to be amicable until recently when Tucker was apparently offended by what was offered to him and said that he would not remain in Baltimore in 2017 without a deal. That’s all water under the bridge now as Tucker apparently has agreed to a deal that is satisfactory for him.
It has long been said that Tucker was looking to eclipse the four-year, $17.2MM pact signed by Gostkowski last year and he has succeeded. Tucker, 26, is entering his fifth season with the Ravens. For his career, Tucker has connected on 130 of 148 field-goal attempts (87.8%), with 12 of those 18 overall misses coming from 50 yards or longer. He has also nailed an impressive 10 game-winning field goals, including three in 2015.
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