About 24 hours ago, the odds of the Ravens and Haloti Ngata agreeing on a contract extension before today's 4 p.m. deadline appeared pretty slim.
Both sides kept at it, however, and they were able to find some common ground and agree on a five-year, $61 million contract with $40 million in guaranteed money to be paid in the first two years of the deal.
Here are reactions from both GM Ozzie Newsome and Ngata after coming to terms today:
"This is another commitment from (owner) Steve Bisciotti making sure we keep our best players. Haloti's re-signing is significant as we push to win consistently and battle for championships. His leadership is not only integral to our defense, but also the entire team."
"He is obviously instrumental to everything we do on defense. He's a player who commands an offense's attention every single play, and his presence allows us to play a variety of effective defenses. Teams have to prepare for Haloti every week. Opposing coaches game-plan on Tuesday with Haloti in mind. They know he can dominate, and they know he is going to play at a very high level."
"I also want to point out the hard work done by Haloti's agent, Mike McCartney, and (Ravens vice president of football administration) Pat Moriarty to get this done by today's deadline."
"This is a great feeling, and I can't explain how many different emotions I have. What I want to do now is continue to get better every year and help the team get better. Our goal is to win Super Bowls, and I want to do my best to help us make that happen.
"You rarely see players around the league play with one team their entire career. For me to be here another five years is great, and I'm thankful for the opportunity the Ravens have provided me. Hopefully, I can retire here."