Street Talk The 411 on Sam Koch’s new deal

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OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch received a total of $9.5 million in base salaries on his new five-year contract, according to NFL Players Association records.

It’s believed Koch got a signing bonus of roughly $2 million for a total value of $11.5 million.

Koch, who made $1.759 million as a restricted free agent last season, is due the following base salaries over the next five years: $1.3 million (2011), $1.6 million (2012), $1.9 million (2013), $2.2 million (2014) and $2.5 million (2015).

While the Pro Bowl alternate’s deal falls short of Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler’s four-year, $16 million pact that includes $9 million in guaranteed money, Koch’s contract does exceed Dallas Cowboys punter Mat McBriar (five years, $8.5 million) and Detroit Lions punter Nick Harris (six years, $9.15 million.

"I think they really stepped up, and we’re very pleased with the contract," agent Steve Mudder told Ravens24x7.com. "We think it’s a fair deal. We’re very excited."

Since the end of the season, the Ravens have locked up their kicking tandem of Koch and kicker Billy Cundiff.

Cundiff signed a five-year, $14.7 million contract that included a $3 million signing bonus.

The base salaries for Cundiff’s contract include $1.5 million in 2011, $2.2 million in 2012, $2.3 million in 2013, $2.7 million in 2014 and $3 million in 2015, according to NFLPA records.

 

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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