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Ravens lock up DT Ngata

He earns a five-year, $61 million contract

Associated Press / September 21, 2011

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The Ravens signed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a five-year, $61-million contract yesterday.

His agent, Mike McCartney, said Ngata will get $40 million in the first two years of the deal. The All-Pro defensive tackle has 10 tackles, six solos, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

“It just feels awesome,’’ Ngata said in a statement. “I won’t have to worry about my family, my kids, with money problems.

“For me to be here another five years is great. Hopefully, I can be here and retire here.’’

“Haloti’s re-signing is significant as we push to win consistently and battle for championships,’’ Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “His leadership is not only integral to our defense, but also the entire team.

“This is another commitment from [owner] Steve Bisciotti making sure we keep our best players.’’

The deal came before yesterday’s NFL deadline to sign a multiyear contract or extension to a franchise player. Ngata entered this season with a $12.4 million franchise tender that was fully guaranteed.

Ngata was drafted 12th overall by the Ravens in the 2006 NFL draft.

The former Oregon standout has 12 career sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries.

Dolphins ax Johnson Defensive lineman Igor Olshansky and cornerback Nate Jones signed with the Dolphins, who terminated the contracts of running back Larry Johnson and tight end Dante Rosario.

The acquisitions shore up a defense that struggled in the first two games, both losses.

Olshansky has started 98 games in seven seasons, including 14 for Dallas last year, when he had 38 tackles and no sacks. The Cowboys cut him just before this season.

Jones played with Miami in 2008-09 and spent the 2010 season with the Broncos, who released him in August. The eighth-year veteran has 10 career starts.

Johnson was a two-time Pro Bowl running back during his heyday with the Chiefs. He sat out most of last season, playing only briefly in two weeks with Miami.

Parrish to IR Roscoe Parrish’s season is over after the Bills placed the receiver on injured reserve, two days after he hurt his left ankle. The move further depletes the Bills’ depth at receiver, coming a week after Marcus Easley was placed on IR because of an illness. To replace Parrish, Buffalo (2-0) promoted Naaman Roosevelt off its practice squad as it prepares to host the AFC East rival Patriots (2-0) Sunday . . . With Miles Austin and Dez Bryant hurting, the Cowboys re-signed receiver Laurent Robinson. Robinson, who was cut last week by Dallas, has 89 catches for 1,000 yards and four touchdowns over two seasons with Atlanta and two with St. Louis . . . The Broncos bolstered their beleaguered receiving corps by signing free agent Quan Cosby . . . There have been 172 touchdowns so far, the most in the first two weeks of any NFL season. Quarterbacks are launching the ball, with a record 15,771 net passing yards.

Viking arrested Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired early yesterday. The Minnesota State Patrol said the 25-year-old was stopped about 2 a.m. for failing to signal a merge on an interstate ramp while driving in Minneapolis. The Vikings said they were aware of the incident but declined further comment . . . The Vikings waived defensive end Adrian Awasom to make room for defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Williams has returned to the active roster after serving a two-game suspension for a three-year-old positive test for a weight-loss drug that’s on the NFL’s list of banned substances.

Giant steps Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes Monday night and linebacker Michael Boley scored on a 65-yard fumble return to lead New York to a 28-16 victory over the mistake-prone Rams in the first matchup between Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Steve Spagnuolo, his former defensive coordinator.

Spagnuolo said yesterday he isn’t sure whether running back Steven Jackson will be ready for the game against the Ravens. He missed the Giants game with a right quad injury after an unsatisfactory pregame warmup.

Barring a setback, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora might return to Giants practice as early as tomorrow. He had arthroscopic surgery about two weeks into training camp and has not practiced with the team since the operation.

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