Just minutes before the official start of free agency in the 2015 NFL offseason, the Baltimore Ravens have traded Haloti Ngata. The team has sent the defensive lineman to the Detroit Lions, getting a fourth and fifth-round pick in return, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King.

Ngata has been a mainstay on the Ravens’ defense since 2006 when he was selected with the 12th pick in the first round. In nine seasons, he’s totaled 25.5 sacks and 445 combined tackles. Ngata made the Pro Bowl in every season from 2009-2013, and played 12 games last season after being suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The trade helps the Lions replace star defenseive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has agreed to a record-setting six-year, $114-million contract with the Miami Dolphins. Ngata is set to make $8.5 million in 2015.