The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms on a four-year deal with Pro Bowl K Justin Tucker, who had been designated as their franchise player, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Friday afternoon.
"Justin has become a cornerstone for our team, and we are happy to get this contract completed," Newsome stated. "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."
Tucker is the NFL's second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, connecting on 130 of 148 field goal attempts for an 87.8% success mark. A 2013 Pro Bowler, he became the fastest kicker in league history to reach 100 fields goals made, doing so in his 50th-career game this past season. (Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud is the second fastest at 53 games.) Tucker is also the fastest kicker in NFL history to reach 500 points, doing so in 60 games to surpass Stenerud (61 games).
Since joining the Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2012, Tucker owns the NFL's second-most field goals made (130) and points scored (529). He has connected on 10 game-winning field goals during his career, including three in 2015.
The Ravens have previously placed the franchise tag on five players: G/C Wally Williams in 1998, CB Chris McAlister in 2003 and 2004 (McAlister signed a long-term contract in October, 2004), OLB Terrell Suggsin 2008 and 2009 (Suggs signed a long-term deal prior to the start of the 2009 season), DT Haloti Ngata in 2011 (Ngata signed a long-term contract in September, 2011) and RB Ray Rice in 2012 (Rice signed a long-term deal prior to the start of the season).