Ravens sign kicker Justin Tucker to four-year deal
The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms on a fouryear deal with kicker Justin Tucker, the organization announced Friday.
Tucker is the secondmost accurate kicker in NFL history, hitting 130 of 148 career attempts. He is the fastest kicker in league history to make 100 field goals, doing so in his 50th career game. He became the fastest kicker to reach 500 career points with a successful kick in his 60th game.
The organization had previously designated Tucker as its franchise player. Teams had until 4 p.m. Friday to sign franchise players to long-term contracts or they would play the upcoming season under the franchise tag. Tucker had said he would not resign with Baltimore if a deal wasn’t reached by the deadline.
The deal was made with less than an hour to spare.
“You want to talk about getting deals done in the 11th hour, we did just that, and at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters,” Tucker said. “I’m pumped that we were able to get it done. Now we can move forward and focus on what’s important. For me, that’s making kicks and for all of us it’s winning games.”
The Ravens did not disclose terms of the contract, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported it to be worth $16.8 million over four years with $10.8 mil- lion guaranteed – the most guaranteed money for a kicker in NFL history. The deal included a $6 million signing bonus.
“Justin has become a cornerstone for our team, and we are happy to get this contract completed,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “What is good for the Ravens right now is that we have our Pro Bowl special teams group – Sam [Koch], Morgan [Cox] and Justin – signed through the next three seasons.”
Cox, Baltimore’s long snapper, and Koch, the punter and holder, are all signed through the 2018 season.
“I’m definitely pumped to be able to continue to work with those guys. They have been awesome for me these last four years on the foot- ball field and also off of it as good friends and teammates,” Tucker said of the self-entitled ‘Wolf Pack.’ “To me, it is imperative to have a quality long snapper and a quality holder before you worry about how good your kicker is. You have to have the first two steps before the ball leaves anybody’s foot, and those two are the best in the business.”
Tucker made three gamewinning field goals a season ago and has hit 10 in his career. Since he joined the Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, he has made the secondmost kicks in the league. He has made all eight of his postseason attempts in his career.
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The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms on a four-year deal with kicker Justin Tucker.