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Persistence pays off for the Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich

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FOXBOROUGH — It is surreal, Rob Ninkovich says, to think that it has been four years.

It has been four years since Ninkovich arrived in New England, Aug. 2, 2009, to be exact, thinking that the chance the Patriots were offering was likely his last chance to stick with an NFL team after bouncing back and forth between New Orleans and Miami over the previous three years.

His clothes were in a Rubbermaid bin he threw in the back of his car, and he basically lived out of that bin for a few weeks.

Over the weekend, Ninkovich signed a three-year extension to remain in New England through 2016; the deal is for $15 million, with $8.5 million guaranteed.

In other words, no more Rubbermaid bins.

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