FRIDAY, 7:53am: There has been some disagreement this week between Breer and Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com about the veracity of the initial report. La Canfora tweeted earlier in the week the idea Ngata turned down any sort of lucrative extension offer from the Ravens is “unfounded.” Breer doubled down on his original report last night (via Twitter), while La Canfora reiterated this morning (via Twitter) that he hears Ngata wasn’t offered “anything close to $17MM guaranteed.”
Although we have conflicting reports here, La Canfora seems to be taking issue with the idea that Baltimore’s extension offer was “lucrative” and was comparable to the Suggs deal. The CBSSports.com scribe doesn’t dispute the notion that Ngata turned down an offer of some sort. In any case, it seems the two sides aren’t close to reaching an agreement at the moment — that applies to both the Ravens and Ngata, and to Breer and La Canfora.
TUESDAY, 8:06pm: The Ravens have been working hard this offseason to work out a new deal with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata that would soften his impact on the salary cap. Albert Breer of the NFL Network (via Twitter) reports that the club offered a “lucrative, long-term extension” to the 30-year-old that was turned down.
Without a new deal being reached, Ngata will count $16MM against Baltimore’s salary cap this season. Exact terms of the offer are not known but Breer (Twitter link) says the deal was similar in concept to the deal given to linebacker Terrell Suggs and would have allowed Ngata to retire with the Ravens. Suggs’ new contract, inked in February, keeps him with the Ravens through 2018 and took his 2014 cap number from $12.4MM to $7.8MM.
Last season, Ngata recorded 23 tackles and 1.5 sacks en route to his fifth straight Pro Bowl.