DT Ngata intends to sign with Eagles


The Eagles' defensive line continues to improve and look more menacing as the team looks to defend their Super Bowl championship.

According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles will sign former Lions' defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a one-year deal. The Eagles have added another weapon to their defensive line. Ngata's signing could mean an end to Beau Allen's time in Philadelphia, as he too hits the free agent market. But line depth was huge for the Eagles last season; seven of their defensive linemen played at least 400 snaps, most in the National Football League, per ESPN Stats & Information. Though 34 and coming off a biceps injury that landed him on the injured reserve list early last season, Ngata (6-4, 335) is a proven run stopper with 31.5 sacks in a career that began in 2006. Joe Douglas, the Eagles' vice president of player personnel, is familiar with Ngata from their time together with the Baltimore Ravens.

Ngata had spent the last three seasons in Detroit.

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In January, Ngata told 97.1 FM in Detroit that he wanted to play in 2018.

After spending most of his career as one of the league's best interior defensive linemen in a 3-4 defense with the Baltimore Ravens, he transitioned to a 4-3 with the Lions a year ago.

He's been selected to five Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro twice.