NFL Lines-Ravens Sign Ngata To 5-year Extension
The Baltimore Ravens have signed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a 5-year, $61 million NFL lines contract.
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The Baltimore Ravens recently awarded Haloti Ngata with a plump 5-year contract extension worth a reported $61 million, of which Ngata will receive $40 million in the first two years. Ngata, a defensive tackle, is widely touted as one of the best NFL Lines defensive players.
At the relatively young age of 27 and about to enter his prime, Haloti Ngata should ensure a high level of performance throughout his new contract, which will run through the 2015 NFL lines season. Ngata, who played starting tackle for the University of Oregon, was picked 12th overall during the 2006 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens, and now looks set to close out his career in Baltimore with the signing of this contract.
The 3-time All-Pro selection is coming off a solid 2010 season in which he recorded 65 tackles, ranking second on the Ravens with a career-high 5.5 sacks, en route to being named to the AP All-Pro team and a second consecutive appearance at the Pro Bowl.
The 6’4”, 330-lbs defensive tackle has only missed two games during his five years in the NFL. During his career, Ngata has recorded 338 tackles, 12 sacks and 3 interceptions. This season, Ngata has already recorded 10 tackles, 2 blocked passes, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
The signing of Ngata – and making him a franchise player – will provide for a huge boost for the Baltimore faithful, who have seen their team off to a 1-1 start this season, albeit with a remarkable week 1 victory over the Steelers (in which Ngata recorded 4 tackles and a pass deflection).
Nielson Notice: With Baltimore’s All-Stars Ray Lewis and Ed Reed entering the twilight of their careers, the Ravens will depend increasingly more on Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs to lead a defensive corps that has been ranked in the top 10 for the past 8 consecutive seasons.
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