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Could Ngata deal get done soon?

The Ravens and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata are negotiating a long-term contract extension, but neither side is commenting on the status of the talks.

Based on what has happened this week, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Ravens lock up their franchise tag player long term.

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Three players who received the franchise tag six months ago -- the New York Jets' David Harris (four years, $36 million with $29.6 million guaranteed), Oakland's Kamerion Wimbley (five years, $48 million with $29 million guaranteed) and Kansas City's Tamba Hali (five years, 60 million with $35 million guaranteed) -- all signed multi-year deals. The Ravens aren't among the teams that have to make cuts to get under the $120 million salary cap Thursday at 4 p.m. But the Ravens, who likely have very little cap room, would like to create more space to go after free agents who are available now and who will get released by teams trying to get under the cap. An extension for Ngata could potentially free up $7 million in cap room.

Ngata signed his franchise tag tender, which is $12.5 million for one year. The deal signed by Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh last year could serve as the measuring stick for Ngata. The second player overall in the 2010 draft, Suh signed a five-year, $68 million contract that includes $40 million guaranteed.

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