March 15, 2018

Eagles finalize deal with DT Haloti Ngata

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Haloti Ngata is a large human being.

After some minor doubts that Haloti Ngata might join the Frank Gore/Nick Fairley All-Stars, the Philadelphia Eagles finalized a one-year deal with the massive defensive tackle on Thursday, per Ngata's agent: 

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, it's a reasonable deal.

On Wednesday, the Eagles lost free agent DT Beau Allen to the Buccaneers, who signed Allen to a three-year deal worth $16.5 million. At 6'4, 340 pounds, Ngata should fill Allen's role as a run-stuffing defensive tackle in the middle of the Eagles' defense. 

According to Dave Zangaro of NBCSPhilly, the Lions were a good run defense team a year ago with Ngata on the field. 

Without him? Not so much.

The Eagles' depth along their defensive line will now likely look like this on game day:

Position 
DE Brandon Graham Chris Long 
DT Fletcher Cox  
DT Timmy Jernigan Haloti Ngata
DE Derek Barnett Michael Bennett 

*TBD what Vinny Curry's future holds.

Ngata played in Baltimore for nine years while Eagles personnel head Joe Douglas was there. Last season in Detroit, Ngata played in five games before being lost for the season with a torn bicep. He had 7 tackles and 2 sacks.

He'll help the Eagles in their pursuit of being the best run-stuffing defense in the NFL, like they were in 2017.


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