Okay, so forget about what I said about the Lions not having a backup plan/not having a good one. Martin Mayhew sure gave me the finger on this one and clearly knows what he is doing. In case you didn’t know the details, the Lions traded a 2015 4th round pick and a 2015 5th round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for Haloti Ngata and a 7th round pick.
I thought that if the Ravens cut Ngata that the Lions could target him, but I never imagined they would go out and trade for him. This was one helluva power move by Mayhew and the Lions. They still have $8.5 million in cap space, so they can still address other positions of need, with defensive tackle still being one of them. And Ngata, while older than Ndamukong Suh, is still more productive than anything you would have gotten in the 4th or 5th round. Ngata is currently 31 years old and is in the last year of his current deal, so I would expect the Lions would look to sign him to a 3-4 year extension; with most of that money coming in the first two years. Hats off to Martin Mayhew here, honestly. I was totally wrong about him.