After 2018 NFL free agency officially began on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Eagles confirmed the reported signings and trades they made prior to the new league year.
Except for one: the Haloti Ngata signing.
On Tuesday, NFL insider Adam Schefter reported Ngata intends to sign with the Eagles. Shortly after Schefter’s report, though, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press said that the deal wasn’t done yet. He added that Ngata wants to Philly visit first. And so he is.
Free agent DT Haloti Ngata, who played last year for the #Lions, is visiting the #Eagles today, source said. If it goes well, he will likely sign, though Detroit remains interested in having him return for another year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2018
During his visit, Ngata will get to talk to some of the former Ravens personnel people (Joe Douglas, Andy Weidl, etc.) who were around when he was drafted in Baltimore. And although Ngata arrived to the Lions after Jim Schwartz was fired, he did play with a number of Schwartz’s former players, so he should have some level of familiarity with the Eagles defensive coordinator.
It also sounds like Ngata will be taking a physical.
Haloti Ngata will be taking his physical tomorrow morning. That’s the holdup with the official announcement of his signing. #FlyEaglesFly— John McMullen (@JFMcMullen) March 14, 2018
The 34-year-old defensive tackle tore his biceps last season so the Eagles will want to check up on his medical status.
Barring anything unexpected, the Eagles will likely officially confirm the Ngata signing today. That’s good news because Philly needs a strong No. 3 defensive tackle after losing Beau Allen in free agency.
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