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Ravens likely to use franchise tag on Justin Tucker if they can't reach deal

Ravens likely to use franchise tag on Justin Tucker if they can't reach deal

The Ravens are getting closer to having to make a decision on one of their top pending free agents.

Tuesday starts a two-week window during which teams are allowed to place the franchise tag on a prospective free agent, keeping that player from hitting the open market. It appears to be a near formality that the Ravens will use the tag on kicker Justin Tucker if the two sides are unable to reach agreement on the terms of a contract extension by March 1.

"When you have a kicker like him, you don't mess around with that," said Joel Corry, a former agent who writes about the salary cap and the business of football for CBS Sports and National Football Post. "You...

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