According to Breer, the Lions were actually uncertain about whether Ngata would return next year. However, it appears as though Ngata intends to play out the final year of his contract before reevaluating his future in the NFL.
Ngata, 33, is a former first-round pick of the Ravens back in 2006. He spent nine years in Baltimore before he was traded to the Lions in return for a fourth- and fifth-round pick that eventually became Shaq Riddick and Za’Darius Smith.
The Lions brought Ngata back on a two-year, $12 million contract that included $6 million guaranteed. Ngata stands to make a base salary of $5.5 million for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Ngata appeared in appeared in 13 games for the Lions and recorded 23 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 69 interior defender out of 127 qualifying players.