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Sunday
Mar152015

Ngata: Ray Rice would be "Great Addition" To Lions

National Football League(DETROIT, Mi.) -- Just days after being traded to Detroit, Haloti Ngata has one recommendation to improve the team.

In an interview with WXYT Detroit, Ngata was asked about former Ravens running back Ray Rice and whether he would fit in with Detroit.

"I've never hung out with him off-field, but he's a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him."

Ngata, Rice's former teammate in Baltimore, was traded to the Lions Tuesday for a fourth and fifth-round pick in upcoming NFL draft.

Rice is currently a free agent after winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL.


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Thursday
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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Wednesday
Mar112015

Lions Acquire NT Haloti Ngata from Ravens

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions struck back by trading with the Baltimore Ravens for Haloti Ngata.

According to ESPN, the Ravens will receive 2015 fourth and fifth-round picks as well as a seventh round selection in exchange for Ngata.

The 31-year-old is in the final season of his contract and will be an $8.5 million cap hit.

Ngata has played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Ravens. During that time, he has compiled 449 tackles, 25.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and five interceptions.

"Haloti is a great player but an even better person," Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said. "He has been an anchor of our success for many years. We appreciate everything he has done for our organization and the Baltimore community. We wish he and his family nothing but the best."


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Thursday
Dec042014

Ravens Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata Suspended 4 Games by the NFL

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- The Baltimore Ravens will be without one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL for the rest of the regular season. Haloti Ngata has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Ngata will be eligible to return to the field if the Ravens make the playoffs, but he will lose $2.1 million because of the suspension.

"I made a mistake, and I own this," Ngata said in a statement. "I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this. I am deeply sorry and broken up over this. I let down my family, my teammates, Ravens fans and myself. My hope is that the Ravens make the playoffs, and I believe they can do this. And, then I can come back and help us win."

The 30-year-old Ngata has been with the Ravens for his entire nine-year career and is a five-time Pro Bowler.

Ngata is eligible to return on Monday, Dec. 29.


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