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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.