“The Ravens have reached out to us concerning the comments made yesterday by Steve Bisciotti regarding Haloti Ngata. 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.”
The Ravens traded Ngata to the Lions in March. NFL rules stipulate a team is not allowed to talk publicly or privately about a player that is under contract with another team.
In a conference call with PSL ticket holders,
The Ravens tried to restructure Ngata's contract but were unable to, and thus traded him to the Lions. Ngata is in the final year of a four-year, $48.5 million contract he signed after the 2011 season started.
Ngata was drafted by the Ravens in the first round in 2006. In his nine-year career, he's totaled 445 tackles and 25.5 sacks.
With Reggie Bush likely out of the picture, new
"I've never hung out with him off-field, but he’s a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him."
Rice was suspended indefinitely by the league due to an altercation with his then-fiancee. An arbitrator overturned that suspension, and he reportedly received $1.6 million in wrongful termination case after he was released by the Ravens. The 28-year-old spent his first six years with the Ravens, and produced four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons before running for 660 yards and averaging a career-low 3.1 yards per carry in 2013.
Now that he is getting a fresh start with the Lions, Ngata is out to prove he can still play at a high level without the help of performance-enhancing drugs, per MLive.com.
"You want to show that you weren't using that the whole time," Ngata said, "and you do want to not finish off your career with a suspension. So it's just, I wanted to get out and keep on playing.
"With my suspension last year, I just feel like I didn't want to end off on something like that, and that be my legacy. I just wanted to continue to play. And my body feels great, so I just wanted to continue to keep on playing."
Newly acquired defensive tackle
"Yeah, definitely. We're open to everything," Ngata said. "Just being here so far, I'm getting really comfortable already. And once I meet the guys, I know I'll just want to stay here. So if an extension comes to mind, that'd be awesome. If not, then it is what it is."
Ngata is a five-time Pro Bowler who'll step in for Ndamukong Suh. Detroit acquired Ngata via trade Tuesday.
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