The Baltimore Ravens and veteran safety Bernard Pollard agreed to a three-year contract extension on Tuesday, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.
Pollard, 27, was due to become an unrestricted at the end of the 2012 season, but his deal will keep him in the Charm City through the 2015 season.
Originally, the Ravens thought that Tom Zbikowski would step into the starting lineup alongside Ed Reed after Dawan Landry signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars last offseason. However, it didn’t take Pollard very long to assert himself, as he beat out Zbikowski in training camp for the starting gig.
The 6-foot-1, 224-pound hard hitting Pollard finished fourth on the team in tackles with 75 and recorded two sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and a career-best 13 passes defended.
His season with highlighted by an outstanding performance in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, where he had 12 stops and a tipped pass that resulted in a Jimmy Smith interception late in the fourth quarter.
Pollard’s signing resolves some uncertainty for the Ravens’ safety position. With Reed entering the final year of his six-year, $44.4 million contract, and until Pollard signed, the Ravens ran the risk of losing both starting safeties after this season.
Only time will tell if the Ravens and Reed come to terms on an extension to keep him in the purple and black for the remainder of his career.