Lions not likely to sign Ziggy Ansah to long-term deal

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The Lions have until July 16 to sign franchise-tagged defensive end Ziggy Ansah to a long-term deal. It sounds like they won’t need that long.

Appearing this week on PFT Live, Lions G.M. Bob Quinn seemed to indicate that the team is more likely to take a wait-and-see approach with Ansah in 2018, before deciding whether to make a multi-year commitment. Quinn spoke in terms of new coach Matt Patricia getting to know what Ansah. In theory, Patricia could see enough to conclude that a long-term contract is justified before the deadline for finalizing a deal — if Ansah signs the tender and shows up for the offseason program.

But without a long-term contract, Anshah isn’t likely to attend the offseason program. Making it harder for Patricia to conclude that the franchise-tagged pass rusher should be part of the franchise’s future.

Ansah, a first-round pick in 2013, concluded his rookie deal in 2017. Injuries have contributed to a sense of inconsistency, which has prompted the Lions to opt for caution before committing major money to Ansah.

If Patricia likes what he sees from Ansah, it could end up being very expensive to keep him in 2019. At a tag this year of $17.143 million, Ansah would be entitled to a 20-percent raise for next year. That would be $20.57 million for a second season under the tag.

9 responses to “Lions not likely to sign Ziggy Ansah to long-term deal

  1. mysterytonite says:
    March 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm
    How can they when Stafford takes up 60 percent of their cap and delivers his consistent 7 wins and 3rd place finishes?
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    Matt Stafford takes up $26.5M in 2018. That constitutes 15% of the team’s Salary Cap not 60%. Please don’t let any of the facts get in the way of your narrative.

  2. With the Vikings Likely not having the money to sign Anthony Barr, the Lions should look to sign him as a 3-4 outside linebacker next season if dont sign Ziggy.

  3. @mysterytonite

    Your post was almost accurate!

    11, 9, and 9 wins in 3 out of the last 4 years.
    Takes up 15% of the Lions cap.
    Has finished in 2nd place in 3 out of the last 4 years.

    Sounds like you’re just a hater.

  4. Ryan says:
    March 31, 2018 at 8:19 am

    With the Vikings Likely not having the money to sign Anthony Barr, the Lions should look to sign him as a 3-4 outside linebacker next season if dont sign Ziggy.

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    I don’t think this is a viable option considering the amount of money our QB holds onto for our cap. Maybe if we stopped investing on defensive players and actually acquired or drafted offensive talent Stafford may have a chance. With our under achieving WR core and the absolutely ridiculous waste of a 1st round pick on the bust Ebron our talent is lacking on the offensive side of the ball. Not mention we have the worst running game in the NFL at the moment. It’s becoming more and more clear that in order to stop our rapid decline, we need to get a solid offensive minded coach and we just wasted another 3 years hiring Patricia.

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Tate for the 4 yrs in DET has averaged 90+ catches, 1030 yards and LED the NFL Each Year in Yards After Catch. Does it for about $6m a year, less than what Albert “Dogcrap 4th WR” Wilson just got.

    Jones had a very solid 2nd year and finally stopped body catching everything. He also makes less than Dogcrap Wilson.

    Golladay is on a rookie deal and is a matchup nightmare.

    No one can defend the Ebron pick.

    So, 1 out of 4, and the one you got right was a gimme.

    This is why I only like boards with educated Lions fans, because the dummies spout off crap like that stuff….

  6. Tate for the 4 yrs in DET has averaged 90+ catches, 1030 yards and LED the NFL Each Year in Yards After Catch. Does it for about $6m a year, less than what Albert “Dogcrap 4th WR” Wilson just got.

    Jones had a very solid 2nd year and finally stopped body catching everything. He also makes less than Dogcrap Wilson.

    Golladay is on a rookie deal and is a matchup nightmare.

    No one can defend the Ebron pick.

    So, 1 out of 4, and the one you got right was a gimme.

    This is why I only like boards with educated Lions fans, because the dummies spout off crap like that stuff….

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    Well you can throw stats at it and desperate justification, that’s fine. The three recent playoff appearances were terrible losses from fumbles and INT’s from Stafford – among other things. All those stats and calling out someone for being wrong doesn’t matter when you have an average record and lose every time you squeak into the playoffs.

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