The feeling is mutual.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome said yesterday that re-signing Ngata to a long-term contract is at the top of the Ravens’ to-do list this offseason.
That process will be made more difficult because of the possibility of a work stoppage this offseason, but those in the Ravens’ front office will continue to plug away and hope to get a deal done with the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle at some point.
“Haloti is a priority,” Newsome said. “There are some issues that we have going forward based on an uncapped year with the potential of going to a capped year that could create some problems in getting a deal done before a work stoppage. But, I don’t think - other than maybe preparing for the draft - there is any other thing that has the most importance to me than to bring a player (back) like Haloti - get him under contract.”
Newsome pointed out that traditionally, the Ravens have been able to work out long-term deals with their top draft picks who have played well under their first contract.