Houston Texans: Six defensive line free agent options
By Randy Gurzi
Haloti Ngata, Detroit Lions, 31 years old
The problem with Vince Wilfork wasn’t necessarily his play, but his name. Because he won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and has a fun personality, Wilfork became a giant name in the NFL.
Sadly, his play didn’t match it in Houston, but his pay did. Perhaps Haloti Ngata would fall into that same category as he was brought to Detroit last season to replace Ndamukong Suh, who was paid handsomely to play for the Miami Dolphins.
Ngata was the 12th overall pick in 2006 and the 331 pounder clogged the middle for the Baltimore Ravens until he moved on to Detroit in 2015. He won a Super Bowl and was named to the Pro Bowl five times during his stint in Baltimore.
He had a minimal impact for the Lions as he recorded just 25 tackles and 2.5 sacks, but perhaps a return to a three man line in Houston could do the former Oregon star some good. However, Ngata only makes sense if Houston decides that Wilfork is making too much money and they can replace him with Ngata for much less.
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