Report: Haloti Ngata informed Lions of plans to play in 2017

Haloti Ngata
Michael Dixon
Written by Michael Dixon

The Detroit Lions entered the offseason wondering if Haloti Ngata would return in 2017. According to a report, the defensive tackle will be back.

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.

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Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon

Bay Area born and raised, I have extensive experience in both the print and online worlds. There are few things in this world I love doing more than talking sports.