Lions: Bisciotti’s comment on Ngata a “non-issue”


Earlier this offseason, the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Jets concerning comments that Jets owner Woody Johnson made about being open to the return of cornerback Darrelle Revis if the Patriots didn’t pick up their option on Revis’s contract.

On Wednesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said something similar about defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The Ravens traded Ngata to the Lions last month and Bisciotti said that there was a chance Ngata could return to the team next year.

“I respect Haloti. I had a wonderful conversation with him after he was traded,” Bisciotti said, via the Baltimore Sun. “We are going to miss him, but I haven’t heard anything about him getting an extension from Detroit. As far as I know, he could be a free agent a year from now, and we may be watching the second coming of Haloti Ngata.”

It was pretty similar to what the league looked into regarding Johnson, but it doesn’t look like there will be a cause for further investigation. The Lions released a statement Thursday saying that they weren’t concerned with what the Ravens owner said about a member of their roster.

“The Ravens have reached out to us concerning the comments made yesterday by Steve Bisciotti regarding Haloti Ngata,” the statement reads. “We appreciate both the Ravens’ professionalism and the context in which Mr. Bisciotti’s statements were made. We consider the matter to be a non-issue.”

If the Ravens and Lions shared the contentious relationship that the Patriots and Jets have had for the recent past, they may have had a more overheated response to Bisciotti’s comments. Since they don’t, the NFL can concern themselves with the Revis matter, Greg Hardy’s potential discipline, Deflategate and any other pending investigations still on their plate.

45 responses to “Lions: Bisciotti’s comment on Ngata a “non-issue”

  1. Then you have the cry baby cheating organization with zero legitimate Super Bowls filing any “Tampering” case they can get their hands on.

    Salty much that you can’t afford players? No worries, in two years you’ll be back to winning 4 games a year like the 40 years prior to Brady.

  2. No one mentions how, woody is a repeat offender. He did it in 2005 with branch, he did it in 2014 with desean jackson then he did it again the same year with Revis.

    Does anyone understand the tampering rules? It mentions how the comments have to cause contractual problems with the player and his team. Revis and the patriots had contractual problems and Revis ended up signing with the team who caused those problems. That’s tampering

  3. There’s a reason the Lions are doormats of the NFL. How many times in one offseason can that front office get run over by competing franchises?

  4. “Manish Mehta told us it was sooo not an issue and that the people claiming this is tampering are jealous whiners. Then Mehta starting talking about how awesome the QB battle between Geno Smith and Fitzpatrick was going to so we kinda stopped paying attention to him at that point.”

  5. This is another clear violation. NFL must decide if it wants this rule. Right now it is a joke.

  6. I’m glad the Lions handled this like grown ups. The correct answer about the “tampering” in this case is, who cares?

    We all know money talks. If the Lions want to offer him an extension, they’ll do it. If they don’t, he’ll end up where ever the money is the best. Might not be Baltimore.

  7. Holoti N had just signed a contract…. Revis’s was just coming to the negotiating point on doing an extension before he’d be a free agent…. HUGE difference between the 2 examples although by letter of the law the Ravens were defiantly guilty

  8. Bisciotti’s

    The Lions coaches have roots in Baltimore and it’s no wonder they are not worried about tampering. The press wants to make this a big deal, or an issue, when there isn’t one. Biscotti is a superb owner that gets it. He’s up there with NE, Pittsburg, and GB to name a few of the few elite organizations. The Lions didn’t flinch when the press was trying to get them in an uproar about Miami. I think Cauldwell and the front office in Detroit may have turned the corner, much like Cincinnati, in becoming an outstanding , if not elite organization.

  9. As a Lions’ fan, while I applaud the level of class shown here, I wish they had a little more “Jerk” in them and filed the requisite tapering claim with the NFL office.


  10. Why is this up to the team to decide? Why not have an outside source look into these matters so it doesn’t come down to whether two franchises like or dislike each other?

  11. Lions >>> classier >>> Pats.

    We all know, the team that yells “cheater” loudest, is the team that’s guiltiest about cheating.


  12. I’m having trouble understanding how this is NOT an issue.

    It is either against the rules or it isn’t.

    This doublethink is driving me mad!

  13. “whiteknightblackheart says:
    Apr 2, 2015 4:52 PM
    queue some brand new Pats fan saying they will get the Jets 1st rounder in 3,2,1….”

    Cue the same tired old jealous whining Patriot haters who don’t understand the tampering rules. Kiss the rings, losers.

  14. higheriqthanyou says:
    Apr 2, 2015 5:43 PM

    We all know, the team that yells “cheater” loudest, is the team that’s guiltiest about cheating.

    So the colts and ravens then? No one has complained louder about nothing than those two teams.

    No, I’m just playing, even pretending your ridiculous statement is anything but nonsense makes my skin crawl.

  15. One for the Thumb: and lest we forget, the dumbing down of the entire Raven defense due to the ignorance of Coach Hairball not understanding the ineligible substitution rules, despite the referees calling it TWICE during the playoff game he blew. I believe they used a chalkboard and hand puppets in an attempt to educate the man but finally gave up and just changed the rule to accommodate him and other inferior coaches who wish they could be as successful as Belichick. (cue more wah! wah! from Pat haters)

  16. Patriots fans have been bitter towards the Jets ever since Eric Mangini exposed them thus adding a big ol asterisk next to their team name.

  17. Agree with Commenter: the tampering thing is petty, although necessary.

    Apologize for earlier remarks. Some Patriot haters are over the top, some Patriot fans are over the top. Today I was over the top. May we all play well together and trash talk with respect.

  18. This is a Pats – Jets thing that goes back to Parcells, Curtis Martin, Bill Belichick to Mangini to spy gate. incredible what one franchise can accomplish with a Tom Brady while the other flounders in jealousy and mediocracy in a good year. This is pure hate between these two teams. You could even tie in the whole deflate gate nonsense as the ring leader is long time Jet exec Mike Kensel.

  19. The Lions have class?

    Multiple Suh/Raiola stomps are as classy as you can get.

    All the Patriots hate is really ridiculous, they are the best team in the NFL right now and have been for over a decade, but to call the Lions classy is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life.

  20. Ravens are such class…

    Kraft can’t be afforded the same luxury because he is white trash that looks like he just climbed out of an 80s Caddy Shack movie as an extra with his beer belly and two tone cuffed link shirts.

  21. Everybody knows Biscotti wouldn’t cheat, despite what he says.

    Everybody knows Brady, Bellichek, and Kraft will cheat, despite what they say.

    That is why this is different.

  22. Best team in the NFL since PC and RW arrival?


    Look at the numbers.

  23. Religions prove the cheating you lousy troll what is your team who’s your team the one that we beat all the time is that why you’re sore bloody loser

  24. steelersarebeliebers says:
    Apr 2, 2015 8:21 PM

    rl79 What a sad life you live.


    Why exactly is that? Maybe becasue you’re a butt hurt, wagonjumping, Ravens fan?

    Steelers and Patriots (and the Lions for this matter) are all historic, true NFL franchises. The Ravens are criminal, shady, wife beater supporter organization.

  25. The only Lions fans who don’t like the patriots are the green and white ones, we don’t talk about that school in my house. GO BLUE!!!!!

  26. While I think Mayhew has no backbone, in all reality what’s the difference between saying that publicly or picking up the phone and calling him or his agent, no one is ever gonna find out about that……that being said, lions better resign ngata or that’s the worst trade ever, 4th and 5th rounder for a rental on a non Super Bowl caliber team….SOL

  27. First off, the rule stipulates the comments had to be made to an agent or the media to even be classified as “tampering”. Bisciotti had a conference call with Ravens season ticket holders, and not the media or agents.

    Second, he’s right. As of right now, Ngata will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, which he stated. Haloti is loved in Baltimore, why wouldn’t Steve say he was open to him coming back? Haloti has shown that he sticks to what he feels he is worth and won’t move off that, which is why he is no longer in Baltimore.

    Nobody “got away” with anything.

  28. rl79111 says:
    Apr 2, 2015 7:33 PM

    The Lions have class?

    Multiple Suh/Raiola stomps are as classy as you can get.

    All the Patriots hate is really ridiculous, they are the best team in the NFL right now and have been for over a decade, but to call the Lions classy is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Isn’t he adorable when he tries to be serious and then he really shows how irrellevant he really is?

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