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Lions' contract negotiations with Haloti Ngata going well

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The Detroit Lions are seeking to extend Haloti Ngata's contract, and negotiations between the two parties are reportedly "ongoing and positive."

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Although Detroit Lions fans haven't seen Haloti Ngata yet during training camp, there is news on the defensive tackle acquired by the team in the offseason. According to Rand Getlin of NFL Network, Detroit wants to have Ngata for more than the lone season remaining on his contract and is currently seeking an extension. Getlin reports that those talks seem to be going well so far.

There's no word whether the negotiations will be completed before the start of the season, but this would seem to be the goal, as contract talks tend to stall until the offseason.

Ngata is currently on the non-football injury list and did not play in the Lions' preseason game against the New York Jets. He's expected to return at some point before the season opener, and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell claimed last week that Ngata is "moving and running and he'll be back soon."

Detroit acquired the 5-time Pro Bowler in March, sending a fourth- and fifth-round draft pick to Baltimore in return. Ngata will turn 32 shortly after the end of the regular season.