With talks at a standstill for weeks, the Ravens and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata’s representatives relaunched talks and reached a five-year agreement, according to Ngata’s agent Mike McCarthy.
It seemed unlikely a deal was imminent by Tuesday’s NFL contract deadline, but one was ultimately made.
In the first two years of the deal, Ngata is guaranteed $40 million, according to The Carroll County Times. The full deal is worth $61 million. This makes Ngata the highest-paid non quarterback in the NFL for the next two seasons. Ngata has been considered one of the best defenders in the league over the past couple of years.
So far in 2011, Ngata has posted 10 tackles and two pass break-ups (both have resulted in interceptions by teammates.) He also has two forced fumbles, one of which he recovered (both in the Pittsburgh game).
“For me to be here another five years is great,” Ngata said. “Hopefully, I can be here and retire here.”
By Jason Butt