OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In an effort to improve his stamina, Baltimore Ravens All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata lost 20 pounds during the offseason.Comment on this story
Over the next few weeks, Ngata hopes to enhance his bank account by dropping his franchise tag and signing a long-term contract.
Ngata says he doesn't mind being Baltimore's franchise player, but wants more money over a longer period of time. He says "that's what I am really trying to shoot for."
The 27-year-old Ngata had 65 tackles last year and ranked second on the team with a career-high 5½ sacks. He was named to the AP All-Pro team and earned a second straight Pro Bowl berth.
He hopes to be even better this season after losing weight during the NFL lockout.