Ravens kicker Justin Tucker said Monday that contract talks between his representatives and the team have gone on essentially all year.
The pending free agent is one of the highest-profile players the Ravens might lose this season, and he’s reiterated throughout the season that he’s “optimistic” he will return to the team.
“My agent [Robert Roche] and these guys have been talking, on and off, for a better part of a year, year and a half,” Tucker said. “At this juncture, I’m kind of letting it all just unfold how it’s going to unfold.
“I’m optimistic that something will get done, but at the same time, like I said, the only thing that I can really concern myself with as a player is just improving and making sure that wherever I end up, I know I’m going to end up where, God willing, I’m supposed to end up, but the only thing that I can take care of is my own personal business, and that’s making myself the best kicker possible.”
Tucker said he’s going to take a few weeks away from football to decompress and spend time with his wife, Amanda, who is expecting their first child, but will soon be back to work to improve on 2015. Tucker finished strong, making 12 of his last 13 kicks, but made 82.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, a career low.
“I felt like I got to finish the season off on a positive note and like I said, everybody’s got something to build upon,” Tucker said. “I know exactly what I’m going to do moving forward and trying to make myself a better player. That’s all I’m really concerned about right now.”