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Mar122015

Haloti Ngata Wasn't Expecting a Trade to Detroit

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The Detroit Lions introduced defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on Wednesday.

After refusing to take a pay cut, Ngata came over in a trade after spending nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

"I wasn't expecting a trade, but this league is a business and you've just got to roll with it," Ngata said Wednesday.

"I felt like I didn't need it; I've made a lot of the money I already needed to make," Ngata continued. "I just wanted to be somewhere somebody wanted me and somewhere where I can know people, so I was just happy that [defensive coordinator Teryl Austin] and Jim Caldwell wanted me enough to trade for me."

Ngata added that he's open to a contract extension with the Lions. Ngata said, "We're open to anything. Just being here so far, I'm getting really comfortable already, and once I meet the guys I know I'll just want to stay here."

"So if an extension comes to mind, it'll be awesome. If not, then it is what is," he continued.

Ngata has 445 career tackles and 25.5 sacks in his career.


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