Per Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, the Patriots have signed defensive end Rob Ninkovich to a one-year extension through 2017.
Source: #Patriots have signed DE Rob Ninkovich to a 1-year extension thru 2017. Now playing on a 2-yr, $4.27m deal— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 11, 2016
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.
#Patriots gave Ninkovich $1.5m signing bonus and lowered base salary from$1.5 to $1m this year. Saved him about $117k in suspension fines— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 11, 2016
For 2017, Ninkovich has a $1m salary (gtd for injury only), $400k in per-game bonuses, $100k workout bonus, $500k incentives. Max value $2m— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 11, 2016
Ninkovich signed his new deal on Monday. #Patriots bring back defensive leader for 2017 & help ease the financial strains of 4-gm suspension— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 11, 2016
#Patriots also tweaked Ninkovich’s 2016 roster bonuses to allow him to collect the same $400k. Will make $33,333 per game instead of $25k— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 11, 2016
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