I’ve got to give Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens credit, they got signed Haloti Ngata to a five year deal just before the deadline yesterday after reports indicated that the team hadn’t talked to Ngata’s agents in close to a month. I can admit when I get something wrong. I bought into the stories being reported by the NFL analysts, but I should have known not to believe everything published by the experts.
The Ravens and Ngata agreed to a five-year, $61 million contract with $40 million over the first two seasons. Ngata will remain a Raven until 2015. He also received a $25 million signing bones with a $2 million base salary in 2011 according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.
Ngata told reporters after the deal was struck that he hopes to retire a Raven. “You rarely see players around the league play with one team their entire career,” he said according to Mike Duffy of BaltimoreRavens.com. “For me to be here another five years is great, and I’m thankful for the opportunity the Ravens have provided me. Hopefully, I can retire here.”