Justin Tucker plans to be making kicks for the Ravens for a long time.
Baltimore’s beloved kicker has signed a four-year extension, which will keep him under contract through the 2023 season. Tucker was set to enter the final year of his second contract, last signed in 2016.
It's a record-breaking contract, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Tucker, 29, was set to enter the final year of his second contract, last signed in 2016. He is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, a two-time Pro Bowler who has made 90.1 percent of his field goal attempts (237 for 263) during his seven-year career. He is the first kicker in league history to make at least 30 field goals in six consecutive seasons. He hasn’t missed a field goal from inside 50 yards (excluding blocks) since 2015.
“I’m incredibly excited to continue to contribute in whatever way that I can,” Tucker said. “We’re trending in the right direction and it’s incredibly exciting.
“I’m going to take one kick at a time and try to take that 90 percent to 91. And hopefully 91 to 92, and along the way win a lot of games.”
Not only is Tucker the game’s most accurate kicker, but his leg is among the strongest. Seven times in his career, Tucker has booted at least two 50-yard-plus field goals in the same game, which is also an NFL record.
Last season, Tucker was named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team for the third time after converting 35 of 39 field goal attempts and 36 of 37 extra points. He has been named the AFC Special Teams of the Week a franchise-record nine times, including twice last season.
Tucker gave special mention to long-snapper Morgan Cox, holder and punter Sam Koch, Head Coach John Harbaugh, and special teams coaches Jerry Rosburg, Chris Horton, and Randy Brown for helping Tucker sustain excellence
Tucker was an undrafted free agent in 2012, but he beat out Billy Cundiff to win the starting job in training camp. Since then, he has been a major weapon, making clutch kicks and putting the Ravens in field goal range earlier than most teams.
Tucker has made 13 game-winning field goals during his career, including a 61-yarder against the Detroit Lions in 2013. As a rookie in 2012, Tucker played a key role in the Ravens’ run to a Super Bowl title. He calmly made one of the biggest kicks in franchise history – a game-winning 47-yard field goal during the second overtime of a playoff victory against the Denver Broncos.
Regardless of the situation, players and coaches have the upmost confidence Tucker.
“He’s the best kicker in the league in my opinion,” General Manager Eric DeCosta said. “I think we all feel that way in the organization.
“We hate to lose good players. This offseason we saw it happen too many times. We talked about it at length in Jupiter (Fla.), what are strategies would be and how we could go about getting some of our best players signed before they become free agents.”
Tucker displayed his resiliency last season after he missed an extra point for the first and only time in his career during the final minute a one-point loss to the New Orleans Saints. Tucker responded by making his next 16 field-goal attempts, and he was perfect on extra points (21-21) the rest of the regular season and postseason.
“I think his best kicking, believe it or not, is in front of him,” Harbaugh said.