The Eagles have found some depth for the interior of their defensive line.
Five-time Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata plans on signing with the Eagles on a one-year deal when free agency kicks off on Wednesday, according to ESPN.
Ngata, 34, is past his prime, when he helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII and when he went to five straight Pro Bowls, but the big defensive tackle will offer the Eagles depth once Beau Allen departs as a free agent himself. Allen is expected to land elsewhere with a sizable contract.
While he comes with a bigger name, at this point in his career, Ngata shouldn't demand a huge salary. That's good news for the cap-strapped Eagles.
In 2017, Ngata played just five games for the Lions before a torn biceps landed him on IR. He played three seasons in Detroit after playing the first nine years of his career in Baltimore.
The Joe Douglas influence on this deal is again easy to see. Douglas, the Eagles' vice president of player personnel, was with the Ravens from 2000-15. Ngata is just the latest former Ravens player - Torrey Smith, Tim Jernigan, Corey Graham, Dannell Ellerbe - to come to the Eagles.
In 2018, the Eagles will likely start Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan at defensive tackle, but Ngata will be the top backup. They will also have Michael Bennett, Brandon Graham and (maybe) Vinny Curry as defensive ends with the ability to play inside on passing downs.
Had Allen walked and the Eagles not replaced him, their top backup DT would have been Destiny Vaeao, who was undrafted a couple years ago. Instead, they picked up a big name who might still have something left in the tank, especially in this kind of rotation.