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Haloti Ngata | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 340
College: Oregon
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The Lions have still not opened contract negotiations with contract-year DT Haloti Ngata.
"I think there's other guys that they're really more worried about," Ngata said. "I think we definitely are probably going to talk sometime, but right now, I know they wanted to, but we haven't really said anything." Ngata has consistently expressed a desire to sign an extension with his new team. Something should be worked out prior to training camp. May 30 - 12:34 PM

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Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team has yet to have extension talks with DT Haloti Ngata, but "at some point we'll start that dialogue."

"I think they know that we have an interest in doing something and I think that we know they have an interest in doing something," Mayhew said. "But he just got here for the offseason program. We’re letting him get comfortable and get situated." Acquired from the Ravens on the eve of free agency, Ngata is scheduled to become a free agent next offseason. The two sides should work out a multi-year extension in the near future.
Apr 25 - 9:18 AM

The Lions don't believe the Ravens tampered with DT Haloti Ngata.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti — who's been known to put his foot in his mouth — made accidental waves on Wednesday when he hinted Ngata could return to the Ravens in 2016. The Lions consider the matter a "non-issue," however. Headed into his age-31 season, Ngata is unsigned beyond 2015.
Apr 2 - 4:44 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said he plans to pursue an extension with DT Haloti Ngata.

Acquired from Baltimore minutes before free agency began, the Lions hope Ngata can help fill the void left by Ndamukong Suh. Ngata was resistant to an extension in Baltimore, but is reportedly more open to working with the Lions. The 31-year-old Ngata is scheduled to make $8.5 million in the final year of his deal.
Mar 28 - 11:08 AM

Haloti Ngata told reporters he thinks he has three good years left.

Ngata turned 31 in January.'s Justin Rogers suggested Julius Peppers' three-year, $26 million deal with Green Bay could be a benchmark in extension talks. Ngata is making $8.5 million in the final year of his contract.
Mar 16 - 9:51 AM

Lions DT Haloti Ngata is open to signing a contract extension.

There haven't been any contract discussions yet but Ngata said it would be "awesome" if the two sides could work something out. Ngata was acquired from Baltimore in a blockbuster trade just prior to free agency. His deal expires at the end of 2015.
Mar 12 - 9:30 AM

Lions acquired DT Haloti Ngata from the Ravens for fourth- and fifth-round draft picks.

The Lions are also receiving a seventh-round pick. Out of the blue, the Lions have their Ndamukong Suh replacement. The Ravens and Ngata had been trying to agree on a restructured contract. It's unclear if his deal will be tweaked in Detroit. Ngata has spent his entire nine-year career in Baltimore. He was suspended for the first four games of last season, but was typically disruptive upon his return. He's no Suh at this point of his career, but it's a strong get for the Lions.
Mar 10 - 3:52 PM

Haloti Ngata's roster spot is not in danger despite his $16M 2015 cap charge.

The Ravens and Ngata's camp continue to negotiate a restructure. But the five-time Pro Bowler holds most of the leverage as the Ravens clearly don't want to lose him. Meanwhile, Terrell Suggs agreed to a restructured deal Tuesday that will net $2.25 million in cap space.
Mar 10 - 8:39 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reports the Ravens and Haloti Ngata are still in negotiations.

The Ravens would like to restructure Ngata's contract to knock down his colossal $16 million cap hit. To this point, Ngata has been resistant to the restructuring, with ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley predicting Ngata will ultimately be released. A consistent force inside and one of the longest tenured members of the Ravens organization, Baltimore will likely do anything in their power to keep Ngata around, but it will have to be at a smaller cap number.
Mar 7 - 8:44 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley predicts Baltimore will release LE Haloti Ngata.

GM Ozzie Newsome has been trying to work on a new deal for Ngata in order to lower his $16 million cap hit, but nothing has materialized to this point. Ngata is refusing to kick money down the road after he had a strong season. The 31-year-old would be highly sought after if he hit the open market. Hensley mentions the Colts as a possible landing spot, reuniting Ngata with coach Chuck Pagano.
Mar 4 - 12:11 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder the Ravens have made a "very good offer" to LE Haloti Ngata.

Baltimore wants to restructure Ngata's deal to try and soften his $16 million cap hit. While the Ravens have no intention of cutting Ngata, it's equally unlikely that he would accept a pay cut. A long-term extension that alleviates some of Ngata's cap burden seems like the fairest compromise. Ngata registered 31 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions last season.
Feb 24 - 11:41 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the Ravens and LE Haloti Ngata will work out a contract extension.

"I thought they were going to do that last year," Mort said. "When you have two sides that want it to happen, it usually happens." Coach John Harbaugh recently said he has no doubts an extension would get done. Ngata has traditionally balked at attempts to restructure his deal, but both sides know his $16 million cap hit is untenable. A deal similar to the extension Terrell Suggs signed last offseason makes the most sense.
Feb 21 - 1:50 PM

When asked about Haloti Ngata's contract extension, coach John Harbaugh said, "I don't have any doubt in my mind it'll get done."

The Ravens are pretty restricted with Ngata occupying a $16 million cap hit. If Ngata restructures his deal or signs an extension, the team will gain the financial flexibility necessary to fill holes at other positions. When completed, Ngata's new contract could open up something in the neighborhood of $5 million in cap space.
Feb 19 - 8:53 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston believes DL Haloti Ngata could be cut if he and the Ravens cannot agree on a contract extension.

Baltimore's preferred option in dealing with Ngata's untenable $16 million cap hit is a contract extension similar to the one OLB Terrell Suggs signed last offseason, but Ngata has been reluctant to renegotiate the last several years. The Ravens could save $8.5 million by cutting Ngata, but Ngata was still a force inside last season despite missing four games due to suspension. With Ngata heading into the final year of his deal, an extension makes sense for both sides, but it is still far from a sure thing Ngata is a Raven next season.
Feb 7 - 1:09 PM

Ravens DL Haloti Ngata carries a team-high $16M 2015 cap number.

Ngata is entering the final year of his contract, so it makes sense for both sides to work out a long-term extension that will allow the five-time Pro Bowler to retire as a Raven. However, those talks went nowhere last season and may not go far again this year if Ngata thinks he has all the leverage. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley notes that the Ravens already have Ngata's replacement in Timmy Jernigan.
Feb 5 - 9:56 AM

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