Perhaps (or perhaps not) thanks in part to Goob’s attempted viral twitter campaign to #SignHalotiNgata, the Ravens have agreed to terms with the beastly defensive tackle, according to his agent Mike McCartney.
Ngata, who was playing this season under the Franchise tag, will sign his new five-year deal this afternoon, just about an hour before the NFL deadline. It was looking less and less like the deal wasn’t going to get done this year, as had the 4 PM deadline passed today, the Ravens would have been forced to wait until the next “league year” to resume negotiations with Ngata and his agent.
The terms have not yet been disclosed, but Ngata’s deal is expected to eclipse the one signed by New England Patriots’ defensive tackle Vince Wilfork in 2010, a 5-year, $40 million contract.
Update: According to Aaron Wilson, Ngata’s deal pays him $20 million over the first two years, making him the highest paid non-quarterback in the NFL. Wow.
With Ngata locked up, the Ravens not only free some salary cap space for themselves, but they free up the franchise tag, should they need to use it next year on guard Ben Grubbs or running back Ray Rice, who will both become unrestricted free agents in 2012.