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Rob Ninkovich gets contract extension from Patriots

09.16.11 at 9:41 am ET

Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich has signed a two-year, $4 million extension with New England. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound linebacker started 10 of 16 games last season, totaling 61 tackles, with four quarterback sacks and two interceptions. The 27-year-old, in his sixth season in the league, has become an integral part of the Patriots defense at the outside linebacker spot — he played 42 of the 77 defensive snaps in the regular-season opener Monday against the Dolphins.

The news was first reported by Brian McIntyre of Macs Football Blog.

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