There won't be any "second coming" of Haloti Ngata in Baltimore.
The former Ravens Pro Bowl defensive lineman on Wednesday signed a new two-year, $12 million deal to remain with the Lions despite an uneven season in his first NFL season away from Baltimore.
Ngata, 32, played in 14 games for the Lions this season and finished with 24 tackles -- a career low -- and 2 1/2 sacks.
Ngata was traded by the Ravens just before free agency began last March when the teams could not agree on a reworked contract that would have lowered his cap figure. The Ravens picked up fourth- and fifth-round draft picks in the trade; they used the fourth-round pick on linebacker Za'Darius Smith, and sent that fifth-round pick to Arizona in a deal that allowed them to move up three spots in the second round and draft tight end Maxx Williams.
Last spring after the trade, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti intimated that the Ravens might like to bring back Ngata, the team's first-round draft pick in 2006.
"As far as I know, he could be a free agent a year from now, and we may be watching the second coming of Haloti Ngata," Bisciotti had said on a conference call with season-ticket holders. "Who knows? I never give up hope that we couldn’t get him back."
Given that Ngata was under contract to the Lions at that point, Bisciotti drew criticism for possible tampering, but the Lions quickly dismissed it as a "non-issue."
In truth, the Ravens moved on well from Ngata, with promising young players Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan anchoring the middle of the defense. The Ravens have a lot of pressing needs coming off a 5-11 season, but the defensive line is not one of them.