Playing in his first Pro Bowl on Sunday, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is making it clear he wants to win. Not just for the bragging rights, but for the check that goes to players on the winning team.
Last year, players on the winning team were paid $53,000, while players on the losing team earned $26,000. Unlike many Pro Bowl players, who have seven-figure annual salaries, Tucker was an undrafted free agent. He signed a three-year contract that paid him $480,000 this season, and he will earn $570,000 next season.
That’s not exactly poverty level. But the winner’s share for the Pro Bowl means more to Tucker than it does to many others at the Pro Bowl.
“It’s double the pay if you win; so I’m kind of all about that,” Tucker told the team’s website, baltimoreravens.com. “I’m not ashamed to say it. “I can tell you going into a third year of (a) contract with no signing bonus, I’m pretty pumped up and I’m going to try to do my part to win that game.”
Tucker earned his way to the Pro Bowl by making 38 of 41 field goal attempts, including a 61-yarder to beat the Lions. In clutch situations, Tucker has been money. And while he is enjoying the trip to Hawaii, money is still on Tucker's mind.