Billy Cundiff

As the NFL's best-paid kicker, Ravens' Justin Tucker happy to have tasted success and failure

As the NFL's best-paid kicker, Ravens' Justin Tucker happy to have tasted success and failure

Justin Tucker, a Houston native who moved to Austin and played at Texas, grew up like so many in the Lone Star State do. Which is to say, he played football and he loved the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2012, after Tucker had finished up his Longhorns career and went undrafted, the Cowboys called. They were interested in the kicker. So were the Chicago Bears. “But the decision was already made,” Tucker recalled Wednesday.

He would come try out in Baltimore. Seven years later, the decision to leave one home in search of another is still paying off. On Wednesday, Tucker, 29, signed a contract extension with the Ravens through 2023

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