Haloti Ngata Agrees to New Contract with Lions

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Despite considering retirement, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, free-agent defensive tackle Haloti Ngata will return to the Detroit Lions. His agent, Mike McCartney, announced Ngata and the Lions have agreed to a two-year contract.

The former Pro Bowler spent last season in Detroit after a nine-year run with the Baltimore Ravens.   

"I would love to stay," Ngata said in January, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. "I love what Coach (Jim) Caldwell’s done here, love playing under him and with Coach Kris (Kocurek). I feel like I got in a groove toward the end of the season and hopefully I can play a whole season understanding the system."

Struggling to adjust to a new defensive scheme, Ngata recorded a career-low 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Pro Football Reference's approximate value metric, which attempts to provide an overall grade to a player's performance, was the lowest of his career (five). He had graded out in double digits each of the previous seven seasons.

Ngata is returning to a completely different regime than the one that acquired him. The Lions essentially cleared their organizational decks in 2015, firing a majority of their top front office positions and jettisoning a large chunk of Jim Caldwell's coaching staff. They hired Ron Wood as their president in November and Bob Quinn as general manager in January. 

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