OWINGS MILLS -- The New Orleans Saints have locked up Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs to a five-year, $36 million deal that included a $10 million signing bonus for a total of $16 million in guaranteed money.
Grubbs replaces former Saints standout offensive guard Carl Nicks, who joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a $47.5 million deal that made him the highest paid guard in the league.
The Ravens made what coach John Harbaugh termed a "substantial offer," to Grubbs prior to free agency.
However, the Saints' offer trumped that bid to hold onto Grubbs.
The Ravens are meeting with Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Evan Mathis today.
The Ravens already made a major investment at guard last August when they signed Pro Bowl blocker Marshal Yanda to a five-year, $32 million contract that included a $10 million signing bonus