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"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."
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"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.
The Ravens were in a serious salary-cap bind with Ngata, per CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The defensive tackle ha a $16-million cap charge for 2015.
The Ravens will receive a fourth-round and fifth-round pick from the Lions, who will receive a seventh-round pick in addition to Ngata, ESPN reports.
The deal re-unites Ngata with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who served on the Baltimore defensive staff prior to his stint in Detroit. Ngata will fill the hole left on the defensive line by the departure of Ndamukong Suh, who is expected to sign with the Dolphins Tuesday.
Ngata made the Pro Bowl in five consecutive years from 2009 to 2013. He played just 12 games in 2014, recording 31 tackles and two sacks.
"He wants to be here. We want him here. It's just a matter of [senior vice president of football administration] Pat Moriarty and [agent] Mike McCartney coming to terms on something that Haloti feels great about and the organization feels great about," Harbaugh told WNST at the combine Wednesday.
"I'm real confident we can get that done. I really believe it will get done. I don't have any doubt in my mind it'll get done, but it's got to get done."
A report last week surfaced that the Ravens informed Ngata that he'll need to take a pay cut if he wants to play for the team in 2015. Ngata, 31, is scheduled to make a team-high $16 million in 2015, and a contract extension could clear some cap space for the Ravens.
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