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NFL Breaking News: Haloti Ngata re-signs with the Detroit Lions

A season after losing both their starting defensive tackles in free agency the Detroit Lions front office decided to step in and keep their


A season after losing both their starting defensive tackles in free agency the Detroit Lions front office decided to step in and keep their best one from 2015. They offered Haloti Ngata a fresh 2 year deal and the wily veteran Pro Bowler has reportedly agreed to stay put in the Motor City. While the details are not yet available a player of Ngata’s pedigree will not come cheap, he cost $8.5 million against the Lions cap in 2015 and it is likely to be a similar, though lower, number for 2016. Getting Ngata resigned  was a vital piece of business for the Lions, who have a lot of needs around the roster and would like to use their top draft picks on the best players available rather than forcing themselves to fill a need first. The Lions traded for Haloti Ngata from the Baltimore Ravens after losing Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh this time last year to the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins respectively. The 5 time Pro Bowler and 2 time 1st team All-Pro defensive tackle played 14 games for the Lions, bagging 2.5 sacks, 8 QB hits and 6 tackles for loss. At 32 years old it is unlikely Ngata will play at his old, All-Pro, level again but he is a great player to have around the younger defensive linemen on the squad and will still be an important piece of the Lions run defense, which was an above average unit last season.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL and MLB editor for RealSport. However I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site.

I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

NFL Breaking News: Haloti Ngata re-signs with the Detroit Lions

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