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Lions Trade For DL Haloti Ngata

Update:

Tim Twentyman reports that DT Haloti Ngata passed his physical Wednesday and is officially a member of the Detroit Lions.

Ngata was acquired from Baltimore along with a seventh-round pick for a fourth and fifth-rounder.

The Lions will likely work to extend Ngata’s deal, lowering his 2015 cap number in the process.

This trade reunites Ngata with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who previously coached in Baltimore.  It also suggests that the rumors regarding Detroit’s switch to a 3-4 base defense could in fact be accurate.

The Ravens have traded DT Haloti Ngata and a seventh-round pick to Detroit, in exchange for a fourth and fifth-round pick in 2015, according to Adam Schefter, as first reported by Aaron Wilson.

This trade frees up $8.5 million in cap space for the Ravens, so they were able to add picks while clearing space when they were tight against the cap.  Ngata’s cap hit to Baltimore would have been $16 million in 2015.