ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ravens franchise K Justin Tucker is so frustrated with negotiations right now that he’s vowing not to re-sign with Baltimore if they can’t reach an agreement on a long-term deal by Friday.
“Justin’s disillusioned with the process right now and the Ravens position with him on his contract,” Tucker’s agent, Rob Roche, said Thursday. “If we don’t get a long-term deal done by Friday, Justin will not entertain offers from Ravens after the season.”
According to Schefter, the Ravens’ offer to Tucker would actually pay him less their prior offers and he would be making less money than Packers K Mason Crosby, who makes $4,025,000 per year.
This comes as a bit of a surprise, considering that Tucker has been mentioned by many as being one of two players likely to get a deal done before the upcoming deadline.
Some have mentioned that Tucker is likely targeting a contract that would make him highest-paid kicker, surpassing Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski and his four-year, $17.2 million deal.
Both the Ravens and Tucker have made it clear that they want to get a long-term deal in place, so we’ll have to see if talks pick up in the next 24 hours or so.
Tucker, 26, wound up signing on with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Texas back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract before the Ravens elected to use the franchise tag on him back in February.
The franchise tag would run the Ravens close to $4.5 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Tucker and Ravens as the news is available.