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Ravens kicker Justin Tucker signs his $2.356 million tender, sources say

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hopes to sign a long-term deal with the Ravens.
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hopes to sign a long-term deal with the Ravens.(Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has signed his $2.356 million second-round restricted free-agent tender, according to NFL sources.

NFL teams expressed interest in Tucker, but ultimately didn't put in an offer sheet prior to Friday's league deadline due to the draft pick compensation involved.

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An undrafted free agent in 2012, Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, having made 97 of 108 career field goals (89.81 percent).

Tucker has been one of the NFL's best bargains for years, playing under a three-year, $1.451 million rookie contract that didn't include a signing bonus. He would ideally like to sign a long-term contract with the Ravens, but told The Baltimore Sun during the Super Bowl that he's upbeat about the next contractual stage of his career.

Tucker was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection, has made seven game-winning field goals and kicked a franchise-record 61-yard field goal in 2013 against the Detroit Lions.

Tucker is the second-fastest kicker in NFL history to score 400 points, doing so in 48 games. Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud did it in 47 games.

Tucker made 29 of 34 kicks last season, including 4 of 9 attempts from 50 yards and beyond. He's made 14 of 20 kicks from that range in his career.

If the Ravens eventually sign Tucker to a long-term contract extension and make him one of the highest-paid kickers in the game, they would have to structure a deal similar to how other top kickers are paid, including the Oakland Raiders' Sebastian Janikowski (five years, $18.9 million, $8 million guaranteed), the Chicago Bears' Robbie Gould (five years, $17.39 million, $8.85 million guaranteed), the Jacksonville Jaguars' Josh Scobee (four years, $13.8 million, $4.75 million guaranteed), the New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski (five years, $15.425 million, $5.1 million guaranteed) and the Dallas Cowboys' Dan Bailey (four years, $22.505 million, $7.5 million guaranteed).

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