The Baltimore Ravens have traded nine-year starting DT Haloti Ngata to the Detroit Lions for a pair of mid-round draft picks.
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According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Ravens will receive 4th- and 5th-round draft picks in the 2015 NFL draft while the Lions will receive their replacement for recently-departed DT Ndamukong Suh.
Not sure if it is out there, but hearing it’s a 4 and a 5 from Detroit to Baltimore for Haloti Ngata.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) March 10, 2015
Ngata has been one of the elite run-stopping DTs in the NFL for nearly a decade since being drafted No. 12 overall by the Ravens in 2006. He has been a rock, only missing 11 games in the past nine seasons and making the Pro Bowl five times. Ngata is also a six-time All-Pro selection.
The Lions’ eagerness to sign Suh comes after the team allowed DT Ndamukong Suh to leave in free agency. Suh is coming off an All-Pro season and is reportedly ready to sign with the Miami Dolphins for a 6-year, $114 million deal that will make him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.
The Ravens were forced to get rid of Ngata due to his $8.5 million contract and a noticeable decline in both his playing time and his production on the field.