According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens likely will try to extend Ngata's contract and create more cap flexibility "in a manner similar to their contract extension last year for outside linebacker Terrell Suggs."
"I think everybody knows the answer to that," coach John Harbaugh told the paper when asked if the team will try to reach a deal with Ngata. "I don't really want to get into too many specific situations right now until we come back with a plan, but we all know the answer to that question."
Ngata missed four games this season due to a violation of the league's drug policy. He finished with 31 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Other than Brown, the Ravens have listed tackle Eugne Monroe (ankle) and defensive tackle
Monroe has not played since Week 16 against the Texans when he injured his ankle. Defensive end
The Ravens are currently 3-point underdogs against Pittsburgh Saturday.
"I feel like I owe these guys," Ngata said. "I feel amazing, like a young kid being out there. It's good to be back with the fellas."
Ngata totaled 31 tackles with two sacks in 12 games this year. He also forced two fumbles. In the four games Ngata missed, the Ravens allowed just 15 points per game.
"I’m confident Haloti will be ready to go. That’s his job, to be ready to go," Harbaugh said, per ESPN. "I’m confident he’ll do it. He has done it before. He has been there, he knows what’s at stake."
The Ravens will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday.
"I made a mistake, and I own this," Ngata said in a prepared statement. "I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this. I am deeply sorry and broken up over this. I let down my family, my teammates, Ravens fans and myself. My hope is that the Ravens make the playoffs, and I believe they can do this. And, then I can come back and help us win."
Ngata ends the regular season with 31 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and seven pass deflections.
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