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Lions acquire Haloti Ngata in trade with Ravens

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Tuesday's free-agent frenzy continued, as the Detroit Lions struck quickly to replace Ndamukong Suh.

The Ravens announced they have traded defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Lions. Baltimore will receive fourth- and fifth-round draft picks in return, per NFL Media's Albert Breer.

It's essentially a salary dump for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, who was unable to convince Ngata to trim a $16 million cap hit.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Ngata has experience as a 3-4 end, a 4-3 tackle and a pure nose tackle. That versatility will allow defensive coordinator Teryl Austin to consider switching to a 3-4 defense.

We would expect the Lions to extend Ngata's contract, lowering his cap number for 2015.

Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew did well to replace Suh with a player of similar caliber, albeit one who is three years older and inching toward the decline phase of his career.

The Ravens will collect a pair of mid-round draft picks, free up cap space and move promising 2014 second-round draft pick Timmy Jernigan into the starting lineup to fill Ngata's role.

The Lions have salvaged the opportunity for back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in 20 years.

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