Veteran DT Haloti Ngata intends to sign with Eagles

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 13, 2018

The move will represent the end of Ngata's three-year run with the Detroit Lions-which started when the Baltimore Ravens traded him to the Motor City in advance of the 2015 season.

Ngata will likely take the snaps of free agent Beau Allen backing up star tackles Timmy Jernigan and Fletcher Cox along the interior of the Eagles line.

The Eagles are also expected to sign former Denver Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million, according to multiple reports.

Ngata, 34, is coming off an injury-shortened 2017 season with the Detroit Lions after tearing his biceps in Week 5, which landed him on injured reserve. He had two sacks in those games, however.

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In January, Ngata told 97.1 FM in Detroit that he wanted to play in 2018.

The No. 12 overall pick by the Ravens in the 2006 draft, Ngata spent nine years with Baltimore, being named AP first-team All-Pro twice and making five Pro Bowls. Before the 2017 season, Ngata went to the The Sports Neurology Clinic at the CORE Institute in Brighton, Michigan, for an examination before deciding to play.

That said, Ngata can still be a solid early-down gap-clogger who specializes in stuffing the run.

Ngata is a five-time Pro Bowl selection (2009-2013) who has started 165 of the 167 National Football League games in which he has played. He has 29.5 career sacks and 6.0 career forced fumbles.

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