Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has re-signed with the Detroit Lions for two more seasons on a deal worth $12 million. The veteran defensive tackle was traded to the Lions last year, who assumed the final year of his five-year, $61 million contract signed with Baltimore in 2010. The trade was facilitated in part by Ndamukong Suh’s big free agency move to the Miami Dolphins.
Detroit is re-signing Haloti Ngata to a 2-year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
The #Lions brought DT Haloti Ngata back on 2-year deal worth $12M, source said. He gets $6.25M in year one.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2016
Haloti Ngata Re-Signs With Detroit Lions
Ngata started all 16 games for the Lions in 2015. He finished second among defensive linemen on the team with 25 quarterback hurries. And he was highly effective against the run, receiving the 11th highest grade among defensive tackles by Pro Football Focus.
During his previous ten seasons in the league, Ngata has established himself as one of the top players on the defensive line in the NFL. He made five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 2009-13 while with the Baltimore Ravens. Throughout his career, he has shown great versatility in being able to play both inside and on the edge of the defensive line.
The 32-year-old has been named a first-team all-Pro on two occasions (2010, 2011). He was part of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII winning team that narrowly defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. That year, he finished the regular season with five sacks and it marked the third consecutive season he reached or exceeded that threshold.
Ngata had a standout collegiate career with the Oregon Ducks. He totaled 6.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss during his final two years in Eugene. He was named a consensus all-American as well as Pac-10 co-defensive player of the year as a senior. Naturally, he was a highly coveted prospect coming into the pros and was drafted 12th overall by the Ravens in 2006.