The organization raised the left defensive end’s scheduled earnings for the 2015 season to $5 million, with $4.5 million guaranteed.
Ninkovich’s previous pact had him slated to earn a total of $2.45 million next season, with a base salary of $2.1 million, a $250,000 roster bonus, a $100,000 workout bonus, and altogether, a $3.95 million cap hit.
It remains to be seen just how those alterations will affect the 31-year-old’s cap number.
Ninkovich has started all 16 regular-season games for the Patriots since 2011, logging no less than 1,000 snaps in each of the last four seasons. The former New Orleans Saints fifth-round pick has registered eight sacks in each of New England’s last three seasons, and 35.5 in all since arriving in New England as a special-teamer in 2009.
He signed a three-year contract extension worth $15 million in September of 2013.