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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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Lions activated DT Haloti Ngata (hamstring) from the active/PUP list.
Coach Jim Caldwell hedged on Ngata's Week 1 status last week, but he's now on track for the opener. Headed into his age-31 season, Ngata has been mostly durable, never missing more than two games with injury. Aug 31 - 2:45 PM

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Sunday he's unsure whether DT Haloti Ngata (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1.

Ngata opened camp on the active/PUP list and has yet to practice with his new team. "You don't know," Caldwell said. "I can't predict that. It's just one of those things, we have to kind of see where they are. We're hopeful. We look at how he's been performing and going through just in terms of his rehab, we're optimistic." Ngata was acquired to help replace Ndamukong Suh.
Aug 23 - 6:21 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports contract negotiations between the Lions and DT Haloti Ngata are "ongoing and positive."

Acquired from the Ravens on the eve of free agency, the Lions have consistently expressed a desire to lock up the contract-year defensive tackle. Something should get done before the start of the regular season.
Aug 18 - 10:21 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew says he's engaged in extension talks with contract-year DT Haloti Ngata.

Mayhew said the sides plan to remain in contact for however long the talks remain "productive." Ngata had another beastly year in 2014, but served a four-game PED ban to end the season. He turned 31 in January.
Aug 4 - 4:30 PM

Lions placed DT Haloti Ngata on the active/PUP list.

Ngata's "injury" is to his hamstring. The Lions are simply easing their veteran Ndamukong Suh replacement into camp. He should be ready to rock in a couple of days.
Aug 3 - 3:09 PM

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

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

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