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Justin Tucker on contract extension: 'It's a matter of when, not if'

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is seeking a long-term contract extension.
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is seeking a long-term contract extension. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

ABERDEEN — When Ravens kicker Justin Tucker signed his franchise tender on March 4, he inked a one-year, $4.57 million deal with the team, but the two sides still had work to do on a long-term extension.

Three months later, that remains the case.

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"As of right now, there hasn't been a whole lot happening, but there's still time," Tucker said Sunday at safety Lardarius Webb's charity softball game. "Like I've said before, I'm optimistic that something will get done. It's a matter of when, not if."

Tucker has fully participated at the Ravens' three weeks of organized team activities, and he plans to do the same when mandatory minicamp begins Tuesday.

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He and the team have until July 15 to work out a long-term contract extension. Tucker said the two sides haven't had a substantive talk since the beginning of the offseason program.

"But I know there's a lot of things to juggle from their perspective, so all I can do is just be patient and let the process unfold how it's going to unfold," he said. "There's no sense in complaining about it. I'm definitely in a very fortunate position, and I just hope that I can take this one year and turn it into four or five, or perhaps even more."

Tucker, 26, is entering his fifth season with the Ravens. He signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and has made 130 of 148 career field-goal attempts, including 33 of 40 (82.5%) last year.

In the meantime, he also welcomed a newborn son, Easton, to his family last month, and he has spent the last month flying back and forth between his Texas home and the Ravens' facility.

"Being really, really good at kicking a football is important to me not just because I want to do well," Tucker said, "but because I've got a lot more that I'm kicking for now."

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