Lions, down Suh, acquire Ngata from Ravens

Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – After letting Ndamukong Suh go via free
agency, the Detroit Lions landed another All-Pro defensive lineman in a trade
Tuesday.

The Lions acquired defensive tackle Haloti Ngata from the Baltimore Ravens,
who announced the trade but did not immediately say what they received in
return.

The Lions’ website said the deal is pending a physical.

The Ravens freed up some much-needed salary cap space in the deal. They traded
Ngata after failing to work out an extension for the 31-year-old, who spent
his first nine NFL seasons with the team and was named an All-Pro in 2010 and
2011 seasons.

Ngata will cost the Lions less than Suh, who can reportedly earn up to $114
million over the life of the massive six-year deal he signed with the Miami
Dolphins, which made him the highest paid defensive player ever.

Ngata was suspended for four games last season over a positive drug test for
Adderall, which he admitted taking, saying he “made a mistake.”

The five-time Pro Bowl selection had 31 tackles, two sacks and a career high-
tying two interceptions in 12 games. He has 445 tackles, 25 1/2 sacks and five
interceptions since he was drafted by the Ravens No. 12 overall in 2006.