Stover agrees to 5-year deal

Kicker entering 15th year in NFL

Billick: 'We are thrilled to have Matt back'

March 09, 2004|By Staff

The Ravens have agreed in principle with kicker Matt Stover on a five-year contract, the team announced today.

Stover, the only player on the Ravens' roster who came with the team from Cleveland, will enter his 15th year in the NFL at the start of the 2004 season.

"We are thrilled to have Matt back," coach Brian Billick said in a statement. "His leadership, his consistency and his professionalism is something that we have come to rely on, and it is great to know that he is going to end his career with the Ravens."

Special teams coordinator Gary Zauner added: "I feel greatly relieved. It is always nice to know that when we get to fourth down, we have a guy who is going to put it through the goalposts. He is Mr. Clutch."

Stover has played in 207 games over his 14 seasons. Last year, he ranked third in the NFL with 134 points, going 33-for-38 on field goal attempts and making all 35 of his conversion attempts.

Stover also moved up to 17th on the all-time scoring list (1,364 points) and fifth in scoring among active players during the 2003 season. He has the fourth-highest all-time career field goal percentage (82.3 percent).

Stover became the 15th player in NFL history with 300 field goals with a successful 39-yard kick in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 26, 2003. He also kicked two game-winners last season, delivering overtime victories against the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Originally published March 9, 2004, 10:45 AM EST

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