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Patriots DE Ninkovich agrees to extension

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New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich agreed to a contract extension through 2016, reported Sunday.

Ninkovich, who starts on the right side, was in the final year of his contract. His extension reportedly includes more than $8 million in bonus and guaranteed money.

The 29-year-old has 14.5 sacks over the last two seasons and has started every game for the Patriots in that span. He is an every-down player who is also effective against the run.

Ninkovich was drafted in the fifth round by the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and served as a long snapper. He signed with the Patriots in 2009. Since coming to New England, he has evolved from a backup and special teams player to a starter.
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