Justin Tucker Franchise-Tagged by Ravens

Mike NorrisFeatured Columnist

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates his game winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. The Ravens defeated the Rams 16-13. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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The Baltimore Ravens have used the franchise tag on former All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker.

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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:

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.   

Justin Tucker Career Stats
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

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.