Team Wants Ngata To Be A Raven For Life

Harbaugh confirmed that re-signing Ngata will be the No. 1 priority this offseason.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens head into the offseason with re-signing defensive tackle Haloti Ngata topping their to-do list.

Coming off his second Pro Bowl campaign, Ngata played out the final year of his rookie contract in stellar fashion, posting 65 tackles and 5 ½ sacks for Baltimore’s 10th-ranked defense.

Since joining the Ravens as the 12th-overall selection of the 2006 draft, Ngata has blossomed into one of the most disruptive defenders in the NFL.

“I believe Haloti Ngata will be a Raven for life,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. “That’s the goal. I know that Haloti wants that. He’s told me that he wants to be here. I don’t want to speak for him, again, but I think he wants to be here, and I believe the organization wants him here.

“It’s priority No. 1 to have Haloti Ngata here.”

With Ngata, 6-foot-4, 345 pounds, manning the defensive line, the Ravens have allowed a league-low 31 rushing touchdowns over the past five years. Baltimore is also the third-stingiest run defense (84.7 yards per game) during that span.

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