The Baltimore Ravens have used the franchise tag on former All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker.
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Tucker Gets Franchise Tag
Friday, Feb. 26
Tucker's agent, Robert Roche, said Tucker has been tagged by the Ravens, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome spoke about Tucker's situation Wednesday, saying there have been "some discussions" regarding his contract situation, per the Ravens:
Ozzie Newsome states that the Ravens will franchise tag Justin Tucker if a deal cannot be reached. https://t.co/LYxGrcROjm— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 24, 2016
Tucker Among League's Best Kickers
Tucker, who is an unrestricted free agent, made $2.4 million in 2015. If the team attaches the franchise tag to him, he would remain in Baltimore next year and make about $4.1 million, per Albert Breer of NFL Media (h/t/ Kevin Patra of NFL.com).
It wouldn't be an exorbitant amount of money to pay the 26-year-old considering he has been one of the most accurate kickers during his four-year career and his 61-yard field goal on Dec. 16, 2013, is just three yards short of the NFL record.
The only knock on Tucker could be the fact his field-goal percentage has dropped the past two years after two incredible seasons to start his career. However, he has made 87.8 percent of his career kicks, ranking him No. 2 all-time among NFL kickers, per Pro-Football-Reference.com.
It appears Newsome and the Ravens have made up their minds, but considering the GM didn't provide much detail on the contract talks, it's too early to tell if the two parties will be able to strike a deal for Tucker to avoid the tag.