OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran strong safety Bernard Pollard to a three-year contract extension.

Pollard joined the Ravens last season via a two-year contract from the Houston Texans.

He's now under contract through the 2015 season.

Pollard beat out Tom Zbikowski for the strong safety job last season and registered 75 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception.

"Bernard showed last year that he is a Raven," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "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."

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