Lions trade for Haloti Ngata
DETROIT, MI (TheSpread) – After losing Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions have made a move to fill that void by trading for Baltimore DT Haloti Ngata.
The trade was reported Tuesday shortly after 4 p.m. when the free-agency period began for the NFL. The deal will see Ngata and a seventh round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft go to Detroit in exchange for a fourth and fifth round pick. Ngata is entering the final year of his contract and will be making $16 million this season with $7.5 million of that being paid by the Ravens.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Detroit Lions entered the free agency period with 28/1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2016 while the Baltimore Ravens had 20/1 odds. Both of these numbers could change given the recent moves.
Ngata has played nine seasons in the NFL, all for the Ravens. He has 445 tackles and 25.5 sacks in his career. Ngata has played at least 12 games every season, but did miss the last four games of the regular season this year due to a drug suspension. Ngata will be reunited with Teryl Austin, a former Baltimore assistant that is the DC in Detroit. The Lions had one of the league’s best defenses last season in Austin’s first year, but certainly Suh had a role in that.