Ravens ink Koch to five-year deal (updated)

Last week, the Ravens signed place kicker Billy Cundiff to a five-year contract.

Today, they took care of punter Sam Koch as well.

The Ravens locked up Koch to a five-year contract today, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

UPDATE: The Ravens confirmed that they’ve agreed with Koch on a five-year deal.

Terms of the contract are not immediately known.

Koch had another incredibly consistent season in 2010, averaging 43.6 yards per punt and landing 39 punts inside the 20-yard line. He was a first alternate for the Pro Bowl behind the Raiders’ Shane Lechler.

“We believe that we have the best punter and holder in the NFL, and we wanted to make sure he stayed a Raven,” head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “Sam is a hard worker, a solid person and a great family man. He represents the Ravens and the City of Baltimore very well. I am proud and happy that he will be a big part of where we are taking our team.”

With this deal done, the Ravens have now finalized long-term contracts for both of their specialists within the last five days.

Both Koch and Cundiff rank among the top players at their position, and they should be able to reunite with long snapper Morgan Cox next season to form one of the top special teams units in the league.

Cox is expected to be fully healthy next season after tearing his ACL in December.

The Ravens can now turn their attention to re-signing defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and a host of other pending free agents.

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