Ravens extend Pollard for three years

Hard-hitting safety had strong 2011 season

Ravens also agree to terms with Osemele

May 08, 2012|By Jeff Zrebiec

The Ravens continued their busy Tuesday, announcing a three-year contract extension with hard-hitting safety Bernard Pollard.

Pollard had one year remaining on his contract, but he's now signed through 2015.

After signing with the Ravens as a free agent last offseason, Pollard, 27, made an immediate impact and finished the season with 75 total tackles (55 solo), two sacks, one interception, a career-high 13 passes defended and three forced fumbles. He started 15 of the Ravens' 18 games.

"Bernard showed us last year that he is a Raven," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement released by the team. "He's smart, tough and brings a passion to the games, our practices and in the weight room. His physical presence on the back end is very important to the way we play defense. He has indicated since the first day he stepped into our building last training camp that he wanted to be a Raven for the long haul."

Over six NFL seasons, Pollard has played in 92 games, starting 72. He has recorded 488 career tackles, 7 1/2 sacks, eight interceptions and 12 forced fumbles.

In other news, the Ravens have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with second-round pick Kelechi Osemele, a guard from Iowa State.

Osemele was selected with the 60th overall pick after the Ravens drafted Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw earlier in the round.

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