Tag:Paul Solai
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 4:13 pm

Haloti Ngata, Ravens reach five-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

We mentioned earlier that the deadline to extend players given the franchise tag was rapidly approaching -- we also mentioned a report that the Ravens and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were closing in on a "blockbuster" deal. That deal is done and the two sides have reached a five-year deal.

"It just feels awesome," Ngata in a statement released by the team.  "I won’t have to worry about my family, my kids, with money problems.  Hopefully, I can continue to do well for the Ravens now and it’s a good deal for them."

It's a better deal for Ngata -- Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports that the contract will pay Ngata $40 million in guaranteed money over the first two years of the deal, which is absolutely stunning, even for an impact defensive player of Ngataga's standards.

"Haloti’s re-signing is significant as we push to win consistently and battle for championships," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Tuesday.

The Ravens and Ngata had reportedly been working on a deal for some time now, but the talks cooled until Tuesday, when negotiations between the two sides picked up serious steam and eventually resulted in the deal.

"We've been talking, but didn’t want it to be real public and in the media," said Ngata. "We just wanted to make sure we don’t put too much emotion into it and make sure we got the right deal."

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Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 2:19 pm

No deals for Solai, V-Jax, but Ngata blockbuster?

Posted by Will Brinson

Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET is the deadline to extend players who received franchise tags in the offseason. According to CBS Sports Charley Casserly, Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Solai and Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson won't be joining the number of players who were franchise tagged and also received a long-term extension from their respective clubs.

Reports are beginning to circulate that Ngata could receive a "blockbuster" contract, however.

Solai, Jackson, Ngata and Browns kicker Phil Dawson are the only remaining players who received a franchise tag and who were not given long-term deals.

Given the current timeframe for completing a deal -- roughly two hours -- it seems pretty unlikely that any of the players will actually see big money before the offseason.

Dawson, in his late 30's, wouldn't represent good value for the Browns anyway, and is highly unlikely to get a long-term deal.

Ngata is arguably the Ravens best defensive player, and you can be sure that Ravens want to get him signed to a lengthy contract. They're running short on time, but Aaron Wilson of the Cook County Times reports that the Ravens are "on the verge of striking a blockbuster deal" with Ngata before the 4 p.m. deadline Tuesday.

Jackson's lack of a deal is the least surprising news, given the discord between he and the Chargers during the past several years as A.J. Smith has steadfastly refused to give Jackson big-time money, and Jackson held out for 10 games in 2010.

Though the players would become unrestricted free agents after this year, they're all still eligible to be franchise-tagged for a second consecutive year.

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