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Ravens will use franchise tag on Justin Tucker if no deal by deadline

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The Ravens have no desire to head into the 2016 season without kicker Justin Tucker and General Manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday that the team will do what’s necessary to make sure the impending unrestricted free agent remains in the fold.

The team would like to sign Tucker to a long-term extension in the next week and Newsome confirmed that there have been conversations about getting a deal done already this offseason. The deadline to use the franchise tag is fast approaching, however, and Newsome said from the Combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday that the team will use it on Tucker if no deal is reached by that time.

Kelechi Osemele is the only other realistic candidate for that kind of consideration among the Ravens set for free agency, although the lack of position-specific tags on the offensive line makes that a stretch since he’d be paid top money for a left tackle under that arrangement. Osemele did fill in at left tackle when Eugene Monroe was injured late in the season, but has been a guard for the majority of his career.

Tucker would cost around $4.5 million if he played out the year under the tag, although the Ravens would still have time to work out a long-term deal with a player that has been one of the league’s best at the position throughout his tenure in Baltimore.

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20 Responses to “Ravens will use franchise tag on Justin Tucker if no deal by deadline”
  1. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 24, 2016 5:41 PM

    I love the way this off season is shaping up. #inOzWeTrust

  2. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 24, 2016 5:47 PM

    I wonder what the Tebow fool thinks about the criminals being under cap hell? What will the Lord of Lies possibly spin this into? Should be interesting

  3. getyourownname says: Feb 24, 2016 5:52 PM

    Really, really, REALLY old news. But it’s not unusual to use the tag and then work out a contract, in fact that’s the likely outcome here.

    Osemele is not a realistic candidate for the franchise tag for the reasons mentioned in the article. Barring a miracle he will play elsewhere next year. He’s earned his payday.

  4. 1969whitetrash says: Feb 24, 2016 5:54 PM

    He’s no Chris Boswell but he’s alright. Based off of Flacco’s deal Newsome will probably pay Tucker north of $10 million per year.

  5. greenbaychicksarefat says: Feb 24, 2016 6:01 PM

    4 1/2 Mil for a kicker? Hells no. Can find any undrafted kicker and pay him rookie minimum and still be productive. But then again, we’re talking about Baltimore.

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 24, 2016 6:15 PM

    That should help them finish last in the AFC North.

  7. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 24, 2016 6:42 PM

    dont underestimate the importance of a good kicker

  8. enoughofthatalready says: Feb 24, 2016 6:50 PM

    28 million cap hit to a qb coming back from a major injury……smh

  9. partmachine says: Feb 24, 2016 7:03 PM

    Lol at you guys who think the Ravens don’t have things figured out.

  10. 13arod says: Feb 24, 2016 7:08 PM

    That sad movement when u use the tag on a kicker lol

  11. patsbrat says: Feb 24, 2016 7:11 PM

    Lots of respect for Ozzie. He knows what he is doing.

  12. triggerdawg says: Feb 24, 2016 8:40 PM

    Keep tucker. They already have a Qb who couldn’t out pass old man Peyton this year.117 passing yds flacco,175 yds manning.what a joke!

  13. mitybuc says: Feb 24, 2016 8:41 PM

    Tucker is character & big leg. NFL needs more Tuckers.

  14. yyyass says: Feb 24, 2016 9:22 PM

    It’s the best $ / point deal the Ravens had available. You’re either buying points or paying to prevent them. His franchise cost was worth it in their situation. Losing him, then paying others in the hopes of recouping his production would have likely been worse. I’m happy with it. He makes good commercials too, but unless you’re local you wouldn’t know that -yet.

  15. 2since96 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:30 PM

    Why is everyone acting like Tucker, who is a top 3 kicker in the NFL, and could arguably be the best, not worth 4.5mm? I get the whole cheap kicker route, but when you get a good cheap kicker like tucker, who was undrafted, you eventually have to cut the check.

  16. squeebus says: Feb 24, 2016 9:51 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Feb 24, 2016 6:15 PM
    That should help them finish last in the AFC North.
    Tucker was 14 months old when your Bengals last won a playoff game.

  17. spartan01 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:56 PM

    The trolls are getting predictable, it’s becoming a little boring.

  18. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 25, 2016 12:48 PM

    I bet the Steelers wish they had this problem. When your QB can’t score more than one TD per post season game, you need as many field goals as possible so the fans don’t pelt you with eggs on your way back from Denver. LOL.

  19. triggerdawg says: Feb 25, 2016 6:14 PM

    Steelers Qb scored more points than your trashy team, tebow troll, jump ball joe,117 passing yds,old man Peyton,175 passing yds.also jump ball 0 passing yds,0 td’s due to the rat turfs with their 5 win 11 loss year.carry on

  20. triggerdawg says: Feb 27, 2016 2:05 PM

    For once I agree with dr rustbelt

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