Before Monday night's season-opening win over the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich signed a two-year, $4 million contract extension, a league source confirmed.
This isn't the first time the Patriots have signed Ninkovich to an under-the-radar, two-year extension. In November of 2009, Ninkovich signed a two-year, $1.714 million contract extension that included a $350,000 signing bonus and base salaries of $650,000 in each season of the extension (2010-11).
In his new deal, his scheduled $685,000 base salary (which had increased by $35,000 via the new collective bargaining agreement) remains, with the Ninkovich receiving a $2 million signing bonus and $900,000 base salaries in 2012 and 2013. Ninkovich can also earn $100,000 workout bonuses in 2012 and 2013, and there are undisclosed base salary escalators in 2013.
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound linebacker started 10 of 16 games last season, totaling 61 tackles, including eight on special teams, with four quarterback sacks and two interceptions. Ninkovich started and recorded one tackle in Monday night's season-opener against the Dolphins.