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Ravens trade defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to Lions

Haloti Ngata was traded to the Lions before the start of the new league year.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens have traded defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Lions, the Ravens announced.

This move comes after negotiations failed between Ngata and the Ravens in terms of a restructured contract. As it became clear over time, the Ravens wanted to pay Ngata less. Without both sides coming to an agreement, the Ravens freed up some cap space by letting one of the most decorated players in franchise history go.

The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson was the first to report this story.

And also according to Wilson, the Ravens will get a couple of draft picks in return.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ravens get fourth-round and fifth-round pick for Haloti Ngata trade to Lions, according to sources</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="">March 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Ngata leaves the Ravens with 445 career tackles and 25.5 sacks in his nine-year career. The Ravens will no longer carry his $16 million cap figure for the 2015 season and will look toward building for the future along the defensive line.

Ngata will reunite with former Ravens assistants Jim Caldwell and Teryl Austin in Detroit.