EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets gets sacked by Haloti Ngata #92 of the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Ravens Lock Up Haloti Ngata With Five-Year Deal

The Ravens will keep one of their best defensive players for the long-term as they agreed to a five-year deal with Haloti Ngata.

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Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens Agree To Five-Year Deal

The deadline to sign franchised players was 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday afternoon and Haloti Ngata and the Baltimore Ravens closed a deal shortly before the deadline. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Ngata and the Ravens agreed to terms on a five-year deal.

Financial details of the deal weren't disclosed. Haloti was playing under the franchise tag which guaranteed him more than $12 million 2011 alone so while it's a five-year deal, it's really a four-year extension. He's under contract through 2015.

The two sides had until Tuesday afternoon to sign a long-term deal or signing a new deal had to be tabled until the end of the season.

Ngata, 27, is entering his sixth year in the NFL and has a pair of Pro Bowls and one All-Pro season. He's one of the best defensive linemen in the game and his new contract will likely reflect that. 

The two sides really cut it close as there were reports as recently as this week that they likely wouldn't come to an agreement before the deadline.

Hop on over to SB Nation's Baltimore Beatdown where you'll find some happy Ravens fans. 

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Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens Close To Agreement On New Contract

The Baltimore Ravens slapped the franchise tag on DT Haloti Ngata last February in an effort to protect his rights for the 2011 season. The deadline for players who were given the franchise tag to sign a long-term contract extension comes this afternoon (Sept. 20).

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports the two sides were on the verge of "striking a blockbuster deal". 

Whatever the price tag is, it will likely be worth it. He's turned into a star after the Ravens drafted him with the 12th pick of the 2006 NFL draft. At 27 years old, Ngata has several quality years left in him barring injury and the Ravens are wise to lock him up.

Just this week, it was reported that the two sides weren't close on a deal and it may not get done prior to Tuesday's 4:00 p.m. (ET) deadline. If they don't get a deal done by then, talks would have to be tabled until the end of the season at which point Ngata could choose to be exposed to free agency.

Hop on over to SB Nation's Baltimore Beatdown for more updates. 

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Haloti Ngata Given Franchise Tag By Baltimore Ravens

DT Haloti Ngata won't be leaving Baltimore anytime soon. The Ravens announced they've applied the franchise tag to the defensive tackle. The franchise tag number in 2011 for defensive tackles is expected to be over $12 million (thanks, Albert Haynesworth).

This is one of the least surprising moves the Ravens have made. It was reported last week that the Ravens would "no doubt" issue the franchise tag to Ngata. Both sides are expected to work on a long-term contract extension once a new CBA is in place, according to the Ravens release.

There's no doubt Ngata is one of the most important players on one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Ravens drafted him 13th overall in the 2006 NFL draft and since then have allowed just 31 rushing touchdowns, which is second least in the NFL during that time and have never ranked below fifth in rushing yards allowed. 

The NFL says teams can use the franchise tag from February 10-24 while the NFLPA has argued that the tag is meaningless without a new CBA in place next season. Either way, the franchise tag is expected to make its way into the next labor agreement in some form or fashion.

Check out Baltimore Beatdown for more on the news. 

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Haloti Ngata Will 'No Doubt' Receive Franchise Tag From Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have one of the league's best defenses and they're expected to use the franchise tag to help keep it intact. Common sense says the Ravens want to keep defensive lineman Haloti Ngata but, with the future labor uncertainty, it appears they'll be opting for the franchise tag in the short term while they work on a long term deal, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

The Baltimore Ravens could be the first team to go ahead and actually apply the tag. There is absolutely no doubt they place it on defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. He will get a massive new deal once there is a new CBA, but until then, the Ravens will take no chances. They don't want to insult Ngata with a low offer, according to sources, and will just go ahead and tag him before working to secure him for years to come once we have labor certainty.    

Some teams have been avoiding long-term contracts because of the CBA uncertainty -- the deal expires on March 4 -- while others have gone ahead and worked around it. The Ravens, with such a large deal waiting for Ngata, would obviously prefer to understand all the tweaks with a new CBA before committing the money to Ngata. 

This is a relatively easy situation for both sides because clearly they both want to get something done. The Ravens are using the franchise tag for what it was meant for -- buying some time to workout a long-term deal.

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