Eagles Add Another Piece on DL with Haloti Ngata
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Veteran run stuffer Haloti Ngata plans to sign a one-year deal with the Super Bowl-champion Eagles, according to ESPN.
The 34-year-old Ngata is a five-time Pro Bowl player who has a history with Eagles' personnel chief Joe Douglas back in Baltimore. He spent the past three seasons in Detroit and his 2017 campaign was cut short after five games with a torn biceps.
On paper, the veteran is here to replace backup tackle Beau Allen, a free agent who is not expected to re-sign with the Eagles. In the early stages of free agency Allen has been contacted by at least three teams -- Tampa Bay, Detroit, and the Los Anges Chargers -- an NFL source told 973espn.com.
Ngata was one of the NFL's best nose tackles with the Ravens after being selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2006 draft and moved on to Detroit a decade later as a replacement for Ndamukong Suh.
At this stage of his career, Ngata is a two-down player joining what was arguably already the league's best defensive front.
Inside the Eagles already have Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, as well as Tim Jernigan, who signed an extension during the 2017 season, and young options like Destiny Vaeao and Elijah Qualls.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen