Ansah (knee) spent time practicing with the linebackers during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. By all indications, it seems that head coach Matt Patricia has plans to use Ansah in a variety of ways this upcoming season -- which comes as no surprise given the ex-Patriots defensive coordinator's track record of emphasizing versatility. However, Ansah has been extremely limited in practices open to the media this spring, so we won't get much of a feel for his exact role until training camp starts up in late July.
Ansah (knee) is going to report to the Lions on Tuesday and sign his $17.14 million franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It was originally reported that Ansah would not be with the Lions for voluntary workouts in April while he attends to a family obligation in Ghana, but with the defensive end returning home Monday, he'll be able to make things official with the Lions. Ansah was never expected to negotiate a long-term deal with Detroit, but signing the tag Tuesday will make ensure he's with the team for the short term at a high price. It also would appear that Ansah is very close to a full recovery from minor knee surgery that he underwent this offseason, but an update on that should come with more details after team workouts.
Ansah received the Lions' franchise tag Tuesday. Ansah is coming off a productive contract year in which he recorded 44 tackles, 12 sacks and a forced fumble -- a bounce-back season after a rough 2016 campaign. Ansah's inconsistency on a week-to-week basis, however, apparently left Detroit uneasy about committing any long-term money to the defensive end. If Ansah is ultimately unable to come to terms with the Lions on an extension and accepts the tag, there's a strong possibility the defensive end would be entering his last season in Detroit.
Ansah recorded 44 tackles, 12 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across 14 games in 2017. Missing only two games all year, Ansah battled through a host of injuries to log the second-highest sack total of his five-year career -- which could lead to a big payday since he was playing in a contract year. However, his performance on a week-to-week basis was inconsistent at best, as nine of his sacks came in three games. Furthermore, his 19 quarterback hurries only ranks 34th leaguewide and just third on his own team. The 28-year-old Ansah is now set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, though it's possible the Lions place the franchise or transition tag on him if the two sides can't agree on a contract extension.
Ansah (ankle) is listed as active for Saturday's divisional matchup against the Bears. Ansah is coming off his most productive three-game stretch of the season, but found himself on the injury report heading into Saturday's contest. However, it appears he has been able to overcome the issue he was facing and will presumably take on his usual role at defensive end in Week 15.
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