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Draft Scout *Haloti Ngata News
03/11/15 - The Baltimore Ravens parted with one of their defensive mainstays on Tuesday, sending tackle Haloti Ngata and a 2015 seventh-round draft pick to the Detroit Lions in a trade for fourth- and fifth-round picks.
The Lions added Ngata to fill a big hole in their defensive line after losing free agent Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins.
The Ravens had salary cap issues with Ngata after he refused to take a pay cut and contract negotiations stalled. He is scheduled to make $8.5 million in 2015 and would have counted $16 million against the Ravens' cap in 2015.
CBSSports.com reported that the Lions are discussing a new contract with Ngata.
"Haloti has been an outstanding player for us for many years," Ravens executive vice president and general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "He consistently showed tremendous leadership in our locker room and on the field. At times, he was one of the NFL's most dominant players."
The 31-year-old Ngata will be reunited in Detroit with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who previously served on the coaching staff in Baltimore.
The veteran Ngata is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who had spent his entire nine-year career with the Ravens. Last season after being suspended for the final four games for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the defensive tackle returned to collect 32 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.
A first-round draft pick by the Ravens in 2006, Ngata totaled 528 tackles, 25 1/2 sacks and five interceptions for Baltimore.
"Haloti is a great player but an even better person," Ravens 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."
01/05/15 - DT Haloti Ngata returned from his four-game suspension and made an immediate impact. Ngata had a sack and knocked down a key pass on third down. With rookie Timmy Jernigan out with a foot/ankle injury, the Ravens desperately needed Ngata to have a big game and he responded.
"I did make a mistake," Ngata said about the suspension. "I'm glad the team was able to get us in the playoffs, and hopefully I can help them with this playoff run. I'm just excited and thankful the team was able to get us into the playoffs so I can play again."
01/02/15 - DT Haloti Ngata had his exemption lifted by the Ravens Friday (Jan. 2) and will play in Saturday's playoff game against the Steelers.
12/29/14 - DT Haloti Ngata is set to be reinstated for the playoffs after being suspended for the final four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy after testing positive for Adderall. With an injury to fellow defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, Ngata's return could not have come at a better time. "He's good. He's ready to go. We'll just figure out who else we've got and be ready to play," fellow defensive tackle Brandon Williams said about Ngata. Coach John Harbaugh expects Ngata to make an immediate impact in his return to the lineup.
12/04/14 - DL Haloti Ngata has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The league does not release the details of the failed test that triggered the suspension, but Ngata said he took Adderall, which requires a prescription on record with the NFL because it is on the league's banned substances list.
"I made a mistake, and I own this. I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this," Ngata said in a statement released by the Ravens. "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 Ravens (7-5) play at Miami on Sunday and have a difficult road to the postseason in a packed playoff race in the AFC.
"This is disappointing news for the Ravens. We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself," general manager Ozzie Newsome said.
Ngata is eligible to return to the roster Dec. 29, the day after the regular season ends. He will be available for the playoffs should the Ravens qualify.