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Justin Tucker will make more under tag than first four NFL seasons combined

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker will get a raise of more than $2 million in 2016. Ben Margot/AP Images

Justin Tucker has certainly earned a long-term deal, but the franchise tag is a major payday for the Baltimore Ravens kicker.

The NFL Players Association confirmed Tucker will make $4.572 million under the tag this season. That's $776,000 more than he earned in his first four NFL seasons combined.

Tucker, an undrafted rookie, never received a signing bonus and made minimums in 2012 ($390,000), 2013 ($480,000) and 2014 ($570,000). He was a restricted free agent last season who got a second-round tender at $2.356 million.

From 2012 to 2014, Tucker never ranked in the top 20 in base salaries for kickers. The Ravens have gotten great value out of the decision to go with Tucker over Billy Cundiff four years ago.

Tucker's agent announced Friday on Twitter that Baltimore placed the tag on the kicker. The Ravens have yet to confirm the move, and the deadline to use the tag is March 1.

The sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal or Tucker will have to play the season under the tag. Tucker, 26, is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history behind Dallas' Dan Bailey.