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Free agency rumors: Haloti Ngata to Eagles not a done deal, Lions still interested

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There is still a chance, albeit a slim one, that Ngata returns to Detroit.

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Back on Tuesday morning, it looked like Detroit Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was gone for good. In a simple tweet, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Ngata “intends to sign a one-year deal with Eagles.”

However, the backtracking began almost immediately. Around 40 minutes later Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press told everyone to slow down for a second:

For two days, there hadn’t been much progression in news with Ngata, so the assumption was that he was eventually going to work out a deal with Philly. But on Thursday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport finally mentioned that Ngata was meeting with the Eagles, but the Lions are still in the game:

While it still looks like Philadelphia is the odds-on favorite to land Eagles, and they could sign him as early as today, this is the first real sign that the Lions are interested in bringing him back. Though the odds are slim, there’s a chance Ngata returns for another year in Detroit.

If the Lions are serious about bringing back Ngata, they could easily outbid the Eagles. Philly is cap-strapped and has had to make several moves just to get under the cap before the league year started. Detroit, on the other hand, just cleared $8.25 million by cutting tight end Eric Ebron on Wednesday.