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Justin Tucker should be the NFL's highest paid Kicker

Whether now or after the 2015 season, Justin Tucker should receive a contract that gives him more money than any kicker in the league.

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Last week Patriots' kicker Stephen Gostkowski signed a four year $17.2 million contract that makes him the NFL's highest paid kicker. No disrespect to Gostkowski, but Justin Tucker deserves to be the highest paid kicker in the NFL.

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, having made 89.8% of his field goals. That's almost seven percent more kicks made than Matt Stover and exactly three percent more than Gostkowski. Tucker's only missed field goals were from 50 yards or during the 2014 season.

Tucker has also been incredibly clutch as a kicker, having made seven game-winning kicks during his career, most notably a 47 yarder in double overtime against the Broncos in an AFC Divisional Game with temperatures barely above zero. Justin Tucker has not failed the Ravens when they've asked him to make a kick.

Justin Tucker has even won some games single-handedly (single-leggedly?). In November of the 2013 season, Justin Tucker was given the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month and he was also elected co-player of the game on Thanksgiving for kicking five field goals during the Ravens 22-20 win. Justin Tucker also scored all of the Ravens points in a Monday Night Football game against the Lions that had him nailing kicks from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and he would personally volunteer to kick the game winner from 61 yards out.

Justin Tucker has been nothing but clutch for the Ravens. The Ravens haven't been so assured of three points since the Matt Stover days and Justin Tucker can surpass Matt Stover in Baltimore. Tucker has been golden for the Ravens and it's time for them to give him some gold.