Ravens’ Ngata: “I don’t want to go anywhere else”

I just got out of the introductory press conference for new Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, and will have plenty of notes to pass along from that 31 minute Q&A.

Before I do so, however, here’s an important little nugget which came from some post-presser chit-chat.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was among three players who were at the press conference to support their new coordinator (linebacker Jarret Johnson and safety Haruki Nakamura were the others) and after the press conference, the two-time Pro Bowler and unrestricted free agent answered a few questions from reporters.

Ngata was asked if Pagano’s hire will at all impact his decision on where his future lies with the Ravens.

“No,” Ngata said. “Nah, I really don’t want to go anywhere else.”

The Ravens won’t let Ngata hit the market; if they can’t lock up a long-term contract with the massive defensive tackle, they’ll slap the franchise tag on him for the 2011 season (the tag is expected to remain a part of any new collective bargaining agreement) and ensure that he stays with the team.

But Ngata’s comments reflect that he’s interested in sticking around Baltimore for a while, which is certainly good news for the likelihood of him finalizing a long-term contract with the team.

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