2016 NFL Season

RAVENS SIGN JUSTIN TUCKER TO LONG-TERM EXTENSION

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Negotiations went down to the wire, but the Ravens have re-signed Justin Tucker to a four-year, $16.8 million deal minutes before the 4 p.m. deadline, the team confirmed on Friday afternoon.

“Justin has become a cornerstone for our team, and we are happy to get this contract completed,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said in the official release.

“What is good for the Ravens right now is that we have our Pro Bowl special teams group – Sam [Koch], Morgan [Cox] and Justin – signed through the next three seasons.”

Matters had become tense between the two sides as the deadline approached, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting Thursday that Tucker felt “disillusioned” and vowed “not to re-sign with Baltimore after this season if the two sides do not have a long-term deal in place.”

That scenario won’t come to pass, in contrast to the Redskins’ inability to reach a long-term extension with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Though Tucker’s field goal percentage dipped to 82.5 percent in 2015, he holds a career field goal accuracy of 88 percent, second highest in NFL history.

In 2013, the Pro Bowl kicker set four franchise records, including most field goals in a season (38), most points scored in a season (140), most field goals in a game (6) and longest field goal (61 yards).

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