The Ravens’ front office needs money, so Ravens fans must bid adieu to another much-loved star today. Haloti Ngata was traded to the Detroit Lions in return for fourth- and fifth-round draft picks.
The 330-pound defensive lineman was in contract talks with the team, as the Ravens looked to cut into his $16 million salary cap hit. Apparently, the two sides couldn’t come to terms. Ngata, 31, made the Pro Bowl four times while he was in Baltimore. He was suspended for four games in 2014 after catching the Adderall bug circulating through Baltimore’s sports teams last fall, but still managed to be a force in the middle of the defense. The Ravens may save money on the deal, but plenty of fans will likely take a hit when they have to find a new jersey to sport.
As if designed to show how things could be different, the team also announced that linebacker Terrell Suggs restructured his contract so the Ravens could save some salary cap money. The move, which was reported everywhere after the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston broke the news, frees up $2.25 million in salary cap space.
The move means Suggs will make $1 million less in 2015. It also means he will make $3 million for playing tackle football, and that he is still a Baltimore Raven.
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