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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Closer look at Ninkovich extension

By Field Yates

Breaking down the three-year contract extension recently signed by Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, which is added to the end of his current deal ($1.4 million base salary for 2013):

Total terms: 3 years, maximum value of $13.65 million ($7 million in guarantees, with additional bonus money)
Signing bonus: $5 million ($2.5 million paid out up front, $900,000 paid on February 15, 2014 and $1.6 million paid on March 31, 2014)

2014
Base salary: $1 million (fully guaranteed)
Offseason workout bonus: $100,000
Roster bonus: Up to $200,000 (he will make $12,500 for each game that he is on the 46-man active roster list)
Playtime incentive: $250,000 if he plays 75 percent of the defensive snaps
Pro Bowl incentive: $200,000

2015
Base salary: $2.1 million ($1 million of this is guaranteed for injury only; it becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the roster on the fifth day of the 2015 league year)
Offseason workout bonus: $100,000
Roster bonus: Up to $200,000 (he will make $12,500 for each game that he is on the 46-man active roster list)
Playtime incentive: $250,000 if he plays 75 percent of the defensive snaps
Pro Bowl incentive: $200,000

2016
Base salary: $1.5 million (non-guaranteed)
Offseason workout bonus: $100,000
Roster bonus: Up to $300,000 (he will make $18,750 for each game that he is on the 46-man active roster list)
Playtime incentives: $425,000 if he plays 45 percent of the defensive snaps, $850,000 if he plays 55 percent, $1.25 million if he plays 65 percent, $1.65 million if he plays 75 percent.
Pro Bowl incentive: $200,000

Note: Ninkovich will earn $200,000 if he makes the Pro Bowl during the 2013 season. Also, since becoming a full-time starter, Ninkovich has been a three-down player who played 83 percent of the defensive snaps in 2012 and 82.3 percent of the defensive snaps in 2011.