Ravens DL Haloti Ngata has agreed to a five-year contract with the team, keeping the All-Pro lineman off the free-agent market, where he was set to be an unrestricted free agent in the spring of 2012. The deal keeps him in Baltimore through at least the 2015 season.
"It just feels awesome," said Ngata. "I won't have to worry about my family, my kids, with money problems. Hopefully, I can continue to do well for the Ravens now and it's a good deal for them."
Tuesday is the deadline for teams to work out long-term contracts with players who were given the franchise tag, which Ngata received last offseason. He was set to make $12.476 million this season on that deal, but his new contract likely re-does his cap figure for the 2011 season.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, Ngata will make $40 million in the first two years of his deal, making him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the first two years of his deal.
Ngata, who has missed only two games during his entire six-year career, is considered one of the NFL's best and most-consistent defensive linemen. Last season he was named an All Pro for the third time after registering 63 tackles and 5½ sacks.