Ayanbadejo agrees to four-year, $4.9 million contract with Ravens
Ayanbadejo agreed to a four-year contract worth $4.9 million, including a $1.9 million signing bonus, and will sign the deal next week, Ravens officials said.
Ayanbadejo, 31, chose the Ravens over the New York Jets in part because of the opportunity to be a backup inside linebacker in addition to his duties in kick coverage.
Named the Bears' special teams captain last year, the 6-foot-1, 228-pound former UCLA standout ranked second in the NFL in special teams tackles over the past two seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl twice.
Ayanbadejo is the younger brother of former Ravens fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo, who played for Baltimore's Super Bowl championship team.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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