To many fans of the Detroit Lions, Haloti Ngata was a disappointment in his first year with the team. Bu the problem isn’t that Ngata played poorly, it’s that he didn’t play up to his contract.
When the Lions traded for Ngata, they also traded for his $8.5 million contract. He was supposed to come in and be the replacement for Ndamukong Suh, which nobody was realistically going to be able to do.
Despite reports of Ngata contemplating retirement, the veteran defensive tackle has decided he wants to continue to play. Head coach Jim Caldwell loves ‘good character’ guys in the locker room, and Ngata has already expressed interest to return.
#Lions FA DT Haloti Ngata, who weighed future options like Megatron, wants to play in '16 & more. Will talk to DET soon, excited if it fits
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 18, 2016
The key will be what the Lions pay. If Detroit can convince Ngata to take a pay cut, a reunion is very possible, but a decision should be made soon. In an ideal world, the Lions would figure out what to do with Ngata as soon as possible, as free agent kicks off on March 9th and the NFL Draft is slated for April 28th.
It’s yet to be seen what kind of interest Ngata will have from other teams throughout the league. If there’s plenty of interest, Ngata may be on his way out, but if not, a return to Detroit may be in the cards, and that’s not a bad thing. The 32-year-old still has some gas left in the tank and having him around to teach the likes of Caraun Reid, Gabe Wright and Darryl Tapp can do nothing but good.