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Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich signs three-year extension

Deal is done

Defensive end Rob Ninkovich’s three-year contract extension with the New England Patriots was made official yesterday.

The extension through 2016 is worth more than $15 million with $8.5 million guaranteed, his agent, Craig Domann, tweeted.

Ninkovich, in his fifth season with the Patriots, is third on the team with 19 tackles. He has started the last 42 games, including six in the postseason. He had 18½ sacks the past three seasons, and has a half-sack this season.

Drafted by New Orleans in the fifth round in 2006, Ninkovich played just eight games in his first three seasons with the Saints and Miami Dolphins. The Patriots signed him in August 2009 after he was waived by the Saints.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Ninkovich feared his career might be over before the New England Patriots gave him a chance in 2009. He hurt his knee as a rookie three years earlier, was waived four times and had no backup plan if his NFL hopes ended. But since joining the Patriots, he’s been sacking quarterbacks and keeping runners from getting … 0

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