Ravens franchise K Justin Tucker says it’s “a matter of when, not if” an extension gets done with the team that will keep him Baltimore for the foreseeable future.
“As of right now, there hasn’t been a whole lot happening, but there’s still time,” Tucker said Sunday, via the Baltimore Sun. “Like I’ve said before, I’m optimistic that something will get done. It’s a matter of when, not if.
“But I know there’s a lot of things to juggle from their perspective, so all I can do is just be patient and let the process unfold how it’s going to unfold,” Tucker added. “There’s no sense in complaining about it. I’m definitely in a very fortunate position, and I just hope that I can take this one year and turn it into four or five, or perhaps even more.”
The Ravens used their franchise tag on Tucker several months ago, which will run them close to $4.5 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season. Although, it also gives them until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal with Tucker.
Tucker, 26, has been among the league’s best kickers since entering the league, so it isn’t much of a surprise that they elected to tag him and prevent him from reaching the open market.
In 2015, Tucker appeared in 16 games for the Ravens and converted 33 of 40 field goal attempts (82.5 percent) to go along with all 29 extra point tries. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 1 kicker out of 60 qualifying players.