Haloti Ngata has been an important element to the Baltimore Ravens offense for several years, and now he will look to have a similar impact in Detroit.
The Lions were wondering what to do following the loss of Ndamukong Suh, and now it looks as if they have found his replacement. Suh is currently in negotiations to sign a contract with the Miami Dolphins.
In the trade, the Lions receive Haloti Ngata, while the Ravens receive a 4th, 5th, and 7th round draft pick in the 2015 draft. He has previous experience
with the Detroit staff as defensive coordinator Teryl Austin used to be on the Ravens’ coaching staff.
Haloti Ngata has played with the Baltimore Ravens for his entire 9 year career in the NFL after being selected 12th overall in the 2006 draft. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times, and was an integral of the Ravens’ unstoppable run defense.
He has played in 135 games and made 446 tackles with 25.5 sacks since being drafted by the Ravens. In 2014, his best season to date, he recorded 32 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.
Trading for Ngata was of course plan b for the Lions who wanted to keep their superstar Suh, but after being forced to release him to free agency, they could not have done much better than obtaining the defensive tackle from the Ravens.
Ngata started 12 games last year before receiving a suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. He returned for the playoffs, and had three tackles that included a sack in the Ravens’ two games before being eliminated by the future Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.
Haloti Ngata, after being traded to the Detroit Lions, will look to continue the success that he has had with Ravens, and fill the void that Suh left. Could Ngata be the key that helps the Lions win the NFC North this year?