Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome told reporters Friday that he remains “hopeful” that they will be able get a long-term extension in place for NT Haloti Ngata at some point.
“We wanted two things from these contracts,” Newsome said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “The first is to create some cap room and the other is to try and make sure these two players remained Ravens forever. We got ‘Sizzle’ done and we’re still hopeful with Haloti.”
Ngata, 30, still has two years remaining on his five-year, $61 million contract that included $37.1 million guaranteed. He carries a staggering $16 million cap figure for the 2014 season, so would make sense to get that figure reduced to something more manageable in the coming years.
The Ravens will owe Ngata a base salary of $8.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
Ngata has consistently been one of the best interior defensive linemen in the league for a number of years now. Although he started showing some signs of decline in 2013 as he produced a career low 1.5 sacks for the Ravens’ defense.
Pro Football Focus still had him rated as the No. 18 interior defensive lineman this past season.