Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata has signed a new five-year contract with the team, executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Tuesday afternoon.
A two-time Pro Bowler (2009-10), Ngata was designated with the Ravens’ franchise tag this past February. Currently in his sixth NFL season, he was originally selected by Baltimore in the first round (12th overall) of the 2006 Draft.
“This is another commitment from [owner] Steve Bisciotti making sure we keep our best players,” Newsome stated. “Haloti’s re-signing is significant as we push to win consistently and battle for championships. His leadership is not only integral to our defense, but also the entire team.”
One of the NFL’s most disruptive forces, Ngata has posted 338 tackles, 12 sacks and three interceptions during his career. Dating back to 2006, when the 6-foot-4, 330-pounder joined the Ravens, Baltimore’s defense has allowed a league-low 32 rushing touchdowns and the NFL’s third-fewest rushing yards per game (84.4 ypg).
“He is obviously instrumental to everything we do on defense,” Newsome continued. “He’s a player who commands an offense’s attention every single play, and his presence allows us to play a variety of effective defenses. Teams have to prepare for Haloti every week. Opposing coaches game-plan on Tuesday with Haloti in mind. They know he can dominate, and they know he is going to play at a very high level.”
“This is a great feeling, and I can’t explain how many different emotions I have,” Ngata stated. “What I want to do now is continue to get better every year and help the team get better. Our goal is to win Super Bowls, and I want to do my best to help us make that happen.
“You rarely see players around the league play with one team their entire career,” Ngata continued. “For me to be here another five years is great, and I’m thankful for the opportunity the Ravens have provided me. Hopefully, I can retire here.”
Added Newsome: “I also want to point out the hard work done by Haloti’s agent, Mike McCartney, and [Ravens vice president of football administration] Pat Moriarty to get this done by today’s deadline.”