The Detroit Lions entered the offseason wondering if Haloti Ngata would return in 2017. According to a report, the defensive tackle will be back.
Per sources, Haloti Ngata informed the Lions he plans to play this year over the last couple weeks. Staff was uncertain he was returning.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 6, 2017
Ngata’s career has been an unquestioned success. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006 and was a part of Baltimore’s Super Bowl XLVII winning squad. Ngata has made five Pro Bowls (2009-2013) and from 2008-2012 he earned either First- or Second-Team All-Pro honors.
Still, the last few years have been more of a struggle. So, it’s not surprising to hear that Ngata was considering retirement.
He’s 33-years-old and hasn’t played a full, 16-game season since 2011. In 2016, Ngata recorded 1.5 sacks, 22 tackles, and generally wasn’t his normal dominant self while dealing with a shoulder injury.
Ngata stands to make $7.7 million from the Lions in 2017, barring the team asking him to take less.