Cowboys give Ratliff extension

BY foxsports • September 9, 2011

The Dallas Cowboys signed Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jay Ratliff to a five-year contract extension Friday.

The $40 million deal will run through the 2017 season, and contains $18 million in guaranteed salary.

The 30-year-old is scheduled to make $3.75 million this season and $4.9 million next season as part of a five-year contract he signed in 2007.

Ratliff, drafted out of Auburn in the seventh round in 2005, was voted to his third straight Pro Bowl last season. Though not as big as a typical nose tackle, Ratliff mans the middle of the Cowboys' 3-4 defense.

He is the fifth player to receive a long-term extension from the Cowboys since the lockout ended in late July. The Cowboys also signed defensive end Marcus Spears and cornerback Orlando Scandrick to five-year deals, while left tackle Doug Free received a four-year extension and guard Kyle Kosier was locked up for three years.

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