The Ravens would like to have a long-term deal with Haloti Ngata all wrapped up, but they are prohibited to do so.
Under the current CBA (which expires March 3), a player can't renegotiate or receive an extension if he made 30 percent more in 2010 than 2009. Because Ngata's salary more than doubled last season (he went from $823,750 in 2009 to $1.7 million in 2010), the only way the Ravens could protect his rights was by using the tag.
"We're on record and everybody knows that we want Haloti to be a Raven for life," coach John Harbaugh told WBAL on Tuesday night. "I'm sure we're going to get it done. There are some reasons why we can't do it here before the lockout. It's really unfortunate. Because if it was possible to do it, I'm pretty sure we'd have it done."
This rule was best explained by Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner after his team put the franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick and the transition tag on kicker David Akers.
"There's another set of rules that haven't gotten as much coverage, where you're literally prohibited from even negotiating with a player," Banner said Tuesday. "Both of these players are affected by that rule. Basically – it's a lot more complicated than this – but if your salary increased by more than 30 percent between '09 and 2010, then you are not allowed to do a renegotiation or extension of the contract. So we have been prohibited once they hit that threshold."
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