Ndamukong Suh's signing with the Miami Dolphins may still be awaiting confirmation but the Detroit Lions refused to wait around.
Suh is set to become the highest paid defensive player in NFL history thanks to his deal with the Dolphins and he leaves a big hole in the Lions team.
The Lions were heavily reliant upon Suh and for good reason but they have seemingly given up on re-signing their big star for several weeks now.
It didn't take the Lions long however before they were making headlines in free agency after the market officially opened today.
The Lions have now made a huge trade in order to fill the void that has been left by Suh.
Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has officially made the move to the Lions and will try to fill Suh's vacancy.
Many expected the Lions to use their vacant cap space in order to find a new defensive front runner and they have certainly found one.
Ngata had a large chunk of cap space with the Ravens who had previously tried to get their star defensive tackle to take a pay cut.
When Ngata refused, the Lions stepped in and have sent a fourth and fifth round draft pick to the Ravens for their defensive star.
Ngata is a very versatile defensive lineman and will give the Lions the chance to use several different defensive formations next season.
With Suh set to be the biggest name that the Lions lost, the trade for Ngata is a great way to appease the fans and help sure up their defensive front.
Trading free agency
The first few hours of free agency this year have been less about the top free agents finding teams and more about huge trades made between teams.
The biggest trade to have taken place was the quite surprising Jimmy Graham trade to the Seattle Seahawks.
The team who have made it to the last two Super Bowls added a huge offensive weapon in New Orleans Saints big tight-end who will surely aid in their mission to get to the Super Bowl for a third successive year.
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