Lions impending free agent DT Haloti Ngata said he would “love to stay” in Detroit for the foreseeable future.
“I’d love to stay,” Ngata said, via Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com. “I love what coach (Jim) Caldwell has done here. I love playing under him and coach Kris (Kocurek). I feel like I got in a groove at the end of the season and hopefully I can play a full season understanding the system.”
Ngata confirmed his agent has yet to speak with new GM Bob Quinn about an extension, but added they could talk in the coming weeks.
“We haven’t been talking just because of (Bob) Quinn and he’s just trying to get everything situated there,” Ngata said Friday. “My agent and him want to talk, but most likely after the Senior Bowl.”
Ngata, 32, came over in a trade with the Ravens that sent fourth- and fifth-round picks to Baltimore in return for Ngata and a seventh-round selection.
He played out his five-year, $61 million contract that included $37.1 million guaranteed and will now be an unrestricted free agent in the coming months.
In 2015, appeared in 14 games and recorded 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 23 defensive tackle of 70 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 2016 Free Agents list.