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Haloti Ngata agrees to two-year deal with Detroit Lions

The veteran defensive tackle will be returning to the Detroit Lions for a second season.

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Haloti Ngata will get a second chance with the Detroit Lions. According to Fox Sports' Pete Scharger and Ngata's agent Mike McCartney, the veteran tackle has agreed to a two-year deal.


Detroit brought Ngata aboard last year, trading away a couple of late-round draft picks to fill the hole left by Ndamukong Suh's departure. Before the season began, the Lions tried to lock up Ngata long-term, but negotiations broke down. That turned out to be a good thing, as Ngata's 2015 season was a major disappointment. He finished with just 25 tackles, a career low.

But the Lions were able to bring back Ngata for a reasonable, short-term contract, limiting any big risks. Ngata did improve toward the end of the 2015 season, but he just turned 32 years old and shouldn't be expected to return to his all-pro days.

Last week, the Lions re-signed fellow defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker. With the signing of Ngata, the Lions now potentially have their two starting defensive tackles signed for the 2016 season.