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Ngata signed franchise tag tender Wednesday

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata signed his franchise tag tender, according to a league source.

The one-year contract is for $12.476 million, which is the average of the top five salaries at the defensive tackle position.

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The tender is tied for the third-highest among the 14 players who received the franchise tag this season and the richest for a non-quarterback. Indianapolis' Peyton Manning would earn $23.1 million under the tag, and Philadelphia's Michael Vick would make an estimated $16 million.

"I'm happy that they want to keep me," Ngata told the team's web site. "Hopefully, we can work on something long term. I don't to play anywhere else."

The sides are expected to start negotiating on a long-term deal once the new collective bargaining agreement is reached. The last two players who have received the franchise tag from the Ravens – cornerback Chris McAlister and linebacker Terrell Suggs – eventually signed long-term contracts with the team.

The franchise tag allows teams to keep their most valuable free agent off the free-agent market.

Ngata is ultimately seeking a long-term deal that is similar to the one signed by rookie Ndamukong Suh, who signed a five-year, $68 million contract with Detroit that includes $40 million guaranteed.

Since being the 12th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Ngata is the anchor of a defensive line that has surrendered a league-low 31 rushing touchdowns and the NFL's second-fewest rushing first downs.

A breakdown of what the players will earn under their franchise tags:

Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis: $23.1M

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia: $16M*

Haloti Ngata, DT, Ravens: $12.476M

Paul Soliai, NT, Miami: $12.476M

Kamerion Wimbley, LB Oakland: $11.3M

Logan Mankins, G, New England: $10.5M

Ryan Kalil, C, Carolina: $10.5M

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Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego: $10M*

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh: $10M*

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City: $10M*

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota: $10M*

David Harris, LB, N.Y. Jets: $10M*

Mercedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville: $7M*

Phil Dawson, K, Cleveland: $3.25M

* -- Estimated

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