Ninkovich has agreed to a three-year extension worth $15 million, $8.5 million of which is guaranteed. That deal makes him the third highest paid defensive player behind defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Craig Domann, the agent for Ninkovich, commented on the extension saying, "After overcoming adversity early in his career, Rob has become a face on their defense and has earned every dollar of this deal."
Ninkovich is playing in his fifth season with the Patriots. After going back and forth between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints during his first four seasons in the league, Ninkovich joined the Patriots in 2009 as a member of the special teams unit. Ever since, he has become an integral part of the Patriots defense as he has 217 tackles, 19.5 sacks, four interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries during that time span. He has also started 41 consecutive games.
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