Patriots sign Rob Ninkovich to a 1-year extension

Per Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, the Patriots have signed defensive end Rob Ninkovich to a one-year extension through 2017.

Ninkovich, 32, is going to miss the first four games of the regular season due to a suspension for performance enhancing drugs. He was likely going to miss a couple games even without the suspension due to a torn tricep.

However, Ninkovich's extension will save him money that he would have had to pay in suspension fines.

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