Breaking: Haloti Ngata Traded to the Lions

Free Agency has begun and flurries of deals have hit the headlines. After losing out on the Ndamukong Suh Lottery, the Detroit Lions made an early free agency move with the Baltimore Ravens trading Haloti Ngata and seventh rounder for a fourth and fifth round picks in this years draft.

Haloti Ngata Traded to the Lions

The Defensive End a former 12th overall pick in the 2006 draft was due to have a cap number of $16 Million, $8.5 million of which was guaranteed, it was obvious to many that the Ravens were unwilling to pay this sum. While Ngata may not have the stellar numbers of Suh, he is a serviceable replacement. In 9 years in the league he has been nominated to the Pro-Bowl 5 times, been All-Pro a further 5 times and helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl.

Ngata was suspended for 4 games in 2014 for violating the league policy on performance enhancing substances. His sack numbers are not stellar only having 25.5 career sacks and never having more than 5.5 in a season but at 6ft 4in and 340lbs he can help the Lions immediately. The Lions had a real need along the defensive line, only having one of their players form last season under contract and they were always a long shot to keep all their starters.

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