Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $8.5 million guaranteed and more than $15 million total, according to his agent Craig Domann of Domann and Pittman. On Monday, Ninkovich spoke to WEEI's Mut and Merloni about his new deal.
“I’m happy to be here, happy to stick around,” Ninkovich said. “The Kraft family and my family worked out to where it worked well for both sides. I’m happy to be here for the next four years now.”
According to Ninkovich, he knew exactly where he wanted to spent the next few years of his career all along. He was released four times by the Dolphins and the Saints early in his career. After he had been cut by the Saints for the final time, he got a chance in New England. He focused first on special teams and slowly worked his way up the depth chart to the point where he is now an every-week starter on the defensive line.
“I knew that I wanted to be here," he said. "This is the place that I was given an opportunity. I really respected that, because if it wasn’t for the opportunity that was given here, I don’t know where I’d be right now. I don’t know, I really don’t know.
“Given that, I really wanted to stick around and win games and be on a winning team. That goes a long way as well. You can go search for money and all that stuff, but if you’re losing every week, you’d be pretty miserable. I want to be here, I want to win and I want to help the team and just continue to be a good football player and be reliable.”