Detroit Lions give franchise tag to DE Ezekiel Ansah

The Detroit Lions on Tuesday designated defensive finish Ezekiel Ansah as their franchise participant for 2018.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Ansah had harm points the final two seasons, however he nonetheless performed in 27 video games for the Lions, making 79 tackles together with 14 sacks — 12 of them in 2017, together with six within the last two video games.

Ansah, 28, admitted late within the season he had “been coping with rather a lot all yr.” He had ankle, shoulder and again accidents all through 2017, hardly ever practiced in full pads and nearly at all times appeared on Detroit’s harm reviews. He mentioned he’s “fairly assured,” although, that he can return to his 2015 kind, the place he had each consistency and manufacturing whereas incomes a Professional Bowl berth.

The franchise tag for a defensive finish was $16.9 million in 2017, and it’s anticipated to be roughly $17.5 million for the upcoming season.

Ansah can signal the franchise tender at any time, which might totally assure the wage and place all of it on the present yr’s cap. The edges even have till July 16 to comply with a multiyear extension.

Ansah was the No. 5 choose within the 2013 draft out of BYU and instantly grew to become an affect participant within the Lions’ 4-Three entrance as a cross rusher.

After 32 tackles and eight sacks his rookie yr and 49 tackles and seven.5 sacks in 2014, Ansah had a breakout season in 2015. He had 47 tackles that season together with 14.5 sacks — sufficient to earn second-team All-Professional honors by The Related Press.

ESPN’s Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.

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