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Ravens in Contract Talks with Cundiff

From National Football Post:

The Baltimore Ravens have already launched contract talks with kicker Billy Cundiff.Cundiff made it to the Pro Bowl this season as he led the NFL with 40 touchbacks to tie a league record and connected on 26 of 29 field goals.

“I think it’ll come together,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I think Billy really wants to be here. I know we’re in negotiations with him right now, along with other guys. I’ll be very surprised if something doesn’t get done with Billy Cundiff, and I’ll be disappointed, but I think it’s going to happen.”

Cundiff said money won’t be the only thing he considers, but he wants market value.

And he wants Pro Bowl alternate punter Sam Koch to be retained.

“There’s a lot of issues at play,” Cundiff said. “Money isn’t always the ultimate factor. What we’re trying to establish is where do I fit in the kicker stack and we’d like to be compensated that way, nothing more nothing less.

“I don’t think what my agent will be asking for is unreasonable. We have everybody’s best interest in mind. If I come back, I want to make sure Sam is coming back as well. Sam and I have great rapport.”

I do hope that the Ravens are able to retain Cundiff who showed improved leg strength on kickoffs and was solid from Field Goal range this season. For the first time fans didn’t mention the name, Matt Stover in regards to the kicking game. No dollar figures have been mentioned as of yet and I’d be very interested to see what the “market value” is for the former journeyman kicker.

What I find most interesting about Cundiff’s negotiations is how he has seemingly tied his future to that of Punter Sam Koch. Koch is Cundiff’s holder and was a Pro Bowl alternate this season due to an uncanny ability to pin the opposition inside the ten yard line. He is also an unrestricted Free Agent.

Two years ago the Ravens used the fact that Koch was restricted to sign him to a shorter and cheaper deal. Now it’s a different story and Baltimore doesn’t usually pay a punter millions of dollars.

Of course I’d love Koch to be back but something tells me this may not be a cut and dry deal and the punter may want to see what he can get on the market.

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