Patriots LB Ninkovich Inks 2-Year Extension

Ian Logue
September 16, 2011 at 12:34pm ET

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Ninkovich was rewarded again with another extension on Friday. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

If there was any doubt about the fact that if you play well you'll be rewarded here in New England, Friday once again proved that's exactly what will happen.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reported Friday morning that the Patriots have signed Rob Ninkovich to a 2-year contract extension.

Ninkovich played well last season, finishing with 91 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, along with 7 pass deflections in his second season with the Patriots. New England picked him up after he was cut by the Saints in August of 2009, and he's been a great fit so far since being here. He's already received one extension that had him signed through 2011 in November of that season thanks to his performance early in the year, and he's obviously impressed them enough to want to keep him around even longer.

He told NESN that he's excited about the fact he'll be sticking around for a while.

"I'm happy to be here, and [for] a few more years, so I'm excited," Ninkovich said.

Earlier this preseason the Patriots rewarded cornerback Kyle Arrington with a contract extension after he came in and took over for Darius Butler and played well last season, and also did the same thing last year with runningback Danny Woodhead after his performance.

Needless to say the mantra seems to be the same:

Prove you can contribute, and you'll be rewarded.