Ravens get a fourth and a fifth in exchange for Haloti Ngata

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The Lions filled the gigantic hole in the middle of their defense, and they did it with the middle of their draft.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the Lions obtained defensive tackle Haloti Ngata from the Ravens in exchange for a fourth- and a fifth-round pick.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome loves to accumulate draft picks, and this just gives him more ammunition.

The Ravens have drafted Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Williams the last two years in the second and third rounds, which gave them the flexibility to move on from the 31-year-old Ngata, who refused a pay cut from his scheduled $8.5 million.

Ngata’s also in the last year of his contract, which means the Lions are suddenly in another contract year with yet another top defensive tackle.

UPDATE 4:39 p.m. ET: The Lions also get a seventh-rounder back in the deal, per adam Schefter of ESPN.

52 responses to “Ravens get a fourth and a fifth in exchange for Haloti Ngata

  1. So Brandon Marshall goes for a 5th, but the best the Lions can do to get Ngata is a 4th AND a 5th?

    Frankly, as a Lions fan I LOVE that we just got Ngata to fill the massive Suh sized hole on our Dline…but the Ravens could obviously smell our desperation.

  2. A 4th and a 5th?! That is way to cheap for an impact player like Ngata. It’s like Oz is having a rummage sale so he can scrape together enough money for someone’s huge cap hit in 2016.

  3. Seems like another Boldin situation, where he was going to be cut if they couldn’t strike a deal with another team. Getting a 4th and 5th in return is a decent haul and Jernigan is a good replacement, not to mention the $8.5 mil cap save.

  4. Better than just cutting him, and it allows Ngata to maximize his value as he is still on a decent salary for this year.

    Lets see what the Ravens do with these picks AND the cap space this move creates. If two solid players are picked and we can get a WR or resign Forsett with this money, it is a good move.

  5. Not bad for a last minute deal. I was worried that Ozzie did another Boldin deal but a fourth and a fifth isn’t too bad.Even if we paid Ngata this year, he obviously has grand ideas for next year; more than Ozzie would ever consider. 15 million in dead money really kills you.

  6. Ozzie was fleeced. Ngata was worth a 2nd rd. He is a proven commodity. Ravens are having a fire sale on players. Maybe they can pick up Andre Johnson or something.

  7. Later Donkey Kong. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Have fun overpaying Fins

  8. Ngata is 31 years old. And the knees on nose tackles goes fast around that age. If the Lions are smart they better draft a replacement for Ngata soon.

    Ravens got over on the Lions.

  9. Lions stole him. Very rare you get starters – much less impact players – in the 4th and 5th rounds (unless you’re Seattle or New England), so that price is more than fair.

  10. Now if Detroit could somehow sign Vince Wilfork or Terrance Knighton to go beside Ngata, the middle would be solid. I’d be all right with the Lions bringing back Fairley to put beside Ngata.

  11. Not a big deal since the Lions have no idea what they are doing when it comes to the draft.

  12. Excellent move by Ozzie. He wouldn’t restructure so he was going to be cut anyway. Ngata wanted to be cut to hit the market and have teams bid for his services and get more money. Ravens get 2 extra picks and the cap relief. Brilliant move!

  13. I bet the great Oz will get credit for another good trade. Remember he is the same general manager that traded Boldin for peanuts.
    In Oz we trust…pure hogwash.

  14. Not bad for a last minute deal. I was worried that Ozzie did another Boldin deal but a fourth and a fifth isn’t too bad.Even if we paid Ngata this year, he obviously has grand ideas for next year; more than Ozzie would ever consider. 15 million in dead money really kills you.

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    Ozzie did a wonderful job. You can parlay a 4th and 5th round pick for someone’s 3rd round pick. And if you throw in your 4th round pick, you can parlay all three into a 2nd round pick. Of course I hate the Ravens but I have to give credit where credit is due. Ozzie got over on a desperate team. This is why good organisations stay good and bad one’s stay bad.

    Ngata is 31 years old with tired knees. Which is the first thing to go for NT’s like him. Ravens seriously go over on the Lions.

  15. Good deal for both teams. Ngata in the last year of his deal, and the Ravens would not have re-signed him at age 32. Two draft picks and the available cap space means multiple players that can help this year’s team.

  16. No doubt Oz will use those picks to draft players like a Terrence Cody or Sergio Kindle. Or he’ll package up those 2 picks and try to get Rolando McClain back on the roster, where he should have been anyway.

  17. rl79111 says:
    Mar 10, 2015 4:21 PM
    Hahahaha! 2 draft picks!!!! Wow the decline is really swinging at full speed!

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    At least we’re not in the Bear’s shoes. Cutler is being paid elite money to get benched for Jimmy Clausen LOL and you got a 5th rounder for Brandon Marshall… hard to imagine the Bears have yet to even hit rock bottom.

  18. As a Lions fan I am happy to see they made a move. However, Lions give up TWO draft picks for a 1 year player in hopes to sign him next year. Mayhew and Lewand will mess it up somehow. Ravens lose Ngata even though they did not want to pay him. I guess with the glass half full they will not be spending 2 draft picks on busts!

  19. I thought 2nd or 3rd rounder. Still impact player at least for another year. I’d prefer him retiring as a Lion, he could have made more up front with a Ravens restructuring and retired as a Raven. Now he will most likely see a revolving doors to other teams at the end of his career. I can understand Oz here, a 31 year old DL that has taken drugs to help him met the grueling year. He missed important playoff implication games. Oz already had a replacement. A fallback plan. I’m going to be interested if Flacco will redo his contract to allow the team to get better. You can see how a team has to many high paid impact players and what it does to the cap.

  20. add in the 3rd round compensatory pick the Lions get for losing Suh it wont hurt as bad losing the middle of our draft.

    this is a short term replacement that should work just fine, and ease the sting

  21. This guy is 31 and is constantly hurt lately. Lion’s give up to mid round picks for him. Lions won’t even get by the newly managed Bears or Vikings teams this season, unless this guy can fill Suh’s shoes. This is a move to fill a void from Suh, but I don’t think this guy is worth 4th and 5th draft pick. Suh was the anchor of this defense, hopefully for Lion’s fans, Ngata can try to fill that spot, but he has to stay healthy all year. I feel like the Lion’s are about to take a huge step back this season.

  22. hyzers says:
    Mar 10, 2015 4:34 PM
    rl79111 says:
    Mar 10, 2015 4:21 PM
    Hahahaha! 2 draft picks!!!! Wow the decline is really swinging at full speed!

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    At least we’re not in the Bear’s shoes. Cutler is being paid elite money to get benched for Jimmy Clausen LOL and you got a 5th rounder for Brandon Marshall… hard to imagine the Bears have yet to even hit rock bottom.

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    The Bears were in the Superbowl 10 years ago. Since the Lion’s pathetic 0-16 season, they have had 2 choke playoff appearances and 2 seasons above .500 in 15 years! What do the Bears have to do with the Lions decline or what…you will have that answer when the season starts.

    I can’t wait for the Bears to rebuild and actually have a contender in the NFCN other than the pathetic Lions and Vikings. You’re just mad because my Packers are so tough to beat and you can barely squeak by the Bears when they are in complete rebuild mode and were ruined by Trestman and Emery. The Bears already have a better coaching staff then the Lions and the only coaching staff comparable to my Packers!

    Lions full swing decline, G@barge football for G@rbage people(Hyzers): Detroit Lions!

  23. rl79111 says:
    Mar 10, 2015 4:21 PM

    Hahahaha! 2 draft picks!!!! Wow the decline is really swinging at full speed!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… You’ve got to admit, the comedy doesn’t get any better. People who know nothing and try to be serious just keeps you in stitches……….

  24. Ravens are in a bad way with the cap and were going to dump Ngata anyway. The Lions made sure that he didn’t have an opportunity to go anywhere else. Ravens get two picks for a player who they would have cut. Now they have to make good on them. Win for Ravens.
    Lions got a still dominant player at only $8.5m who they may not have gotten had he hit the open market for two later picks which they are likely to receive in compensation for losing Suh/Fairley anyway. In their system he’ll play DT which will be easier on his body. Win Lions.
    Both sides got what they wanted and needed.

  25. Why are people saying the Ravens were robbed? A guy being paid 16 mil on the wrong side of 30 AND coming off a drug suspension isn’t a hot commodity. I’m surprised we got as much as we did. I was expecting a 5th or 6th.

  26. Lions are going lose a 4th and 5th, but since they don’t have to sign anyone, they’ll get a 3rd round compensation pick next season for the loss of suh.

  27. Interesting trade. Both fan bases seem to think they were screwed over.

    A 4th is high for a 31 year old, but it isn’t like the Lions were going to make a smart pick there anyway.

  28. Great move by the Lions. Those players they would have grabbed with those picks wouldn’t be on the team after 3 years anyways.

    Give up two failed draft picks for a starter. Great move.

    2010 Draft – 0 players on roster
    2011 Draft – o unless they resign Fairley
    2012 Draft – 5 Players still on roster out of 8 picks, but only 2 of them see any significant playing time.
    2013 – Too soon to say – Appears to be a decent draft.
    2014 – Too soon – Early indications are not great though.

  29. Argggghhhh!!! As a Steelers fan, I should be happy to see Ngata go … but these guys make the rivalry what it is. So much fun to hate this one.

    No doubt in my mind Ozzie’s made a good call for the Ravens. I’m sure Ngata is about ready to begin the inevitable downward slide. But personally, I’d take him over Suh any day.

  30. This is now the beginning of the end for the Ratbirds Defense.

    When Casey Hampton left the Steelers, their defense has never been the same.

    Need that big guy in the middle.

    This will end bad for Baltimore

  31. Deb is so smart. I agree. Ozzie made a great move here, he gets most likely starters (judging by his history). And clears 8.5 mil in much needed cap space. It give Ozzie the tools to do whatever he wants in the draft. And with that space, he will no doubt grab up some good cap casualties hungry to win, which we (the ravens) CONSTANTLY do….Cheers Mate

  32. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 10, 2015 7:02 PM
    Two comp picks a 4th and a 5th for Ngata. Wow, The lions front office must be doing cartwheels and backflips over this trade. Advantage: Detroit.
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    These aren’t comp picks. Do you understand what comp picks are? Do you think anyone in their right mind predicted more than a 5th for a guy who would be cut imminently?

  33. This trade to me shows the Lions are in win now mode. They don’t want to be trapped into taking a DT in the 1st. They’re going either RB, DB, or OL. Gordon, Gurley or best avail corner or offensive linemen.

  34. A good trade. Truly.

    It really is a win-win for everyone.

    Ngata wasn’t going to take a pay cut (rightfully so) And he will now get to play out his current deal and get the cash he was promised.

    Caldwell gets another tool to replace Suh. Jim knows Ngata from his time in Balty and knows what this cat can do.

    Detroit gets a solid DL that can play any DL position and requires a double team.

    Baltimore gets cap relief, now has a ton of flexibility in free agency and gets two extra mid-round picks to reload.

    Mind you Baltimore has gotten some gems in the 4th and 5th rounds over the past 15 years: Taliaferro, Wagner, McPhee, Pitta, Jarrett Johnson Tony Pashos, Zastudil, Ed Hartwell, Jason Brown, Brandon Stokely, Edwin Mulitalo, Jermaine Lewis.

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