Ravens, Pollard reach three-year extension

Pardon the pun, the Baltimore Ravens and Bernard Pollard were a hit from the start.

Baltimore's defense wants physical players, and Pollard thrives on physical play. That's why no one was surprised when the Ravens announced a three-year extension with the 27-year-old Pollard, who was entering the final year of his contract. His new deal goes through the 2015 season.

Signed during training camp last year, Pollard didn't need too much time to take the starting job from Tom Zbikowski. He finished fourth on the team in tackles (75) and recorded two sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and a career-high 13 passes defended. Pollard made 12 stops in the AFC championship game.

"Bernard showed last year that he is a Raven,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. “He's smart, tough and brings a passion to the games, our practices and in the weight room. His physical presence on the back end is very important to the way we play defense."

Reaching an extension only solves half of the Ravens' predicament at safety. Ed Reed is entering the final year of his deal, and the Pro Bowl safety said he's been unable to get a new deal from the team.