Seahawks reach one-year deal with Ziggy Ansah

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The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign former Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah to a one-year deal, a source confirmed to PFT.

The agreement was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Ansah is expected to sign the deal with the team on Thursday after flying to Seattle.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said at the conclusion of the NFL Draft that they weren’t done adding to their pass rush this offseason. Even with the selection of TCU’s L.J. Collier in the first round, the trading of Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs had left Seattle lacking proven pass rush ability.

“There is work that we’re engaged in [during] this stage of filling up the roster and we’re very involved in what is coming up next,” Carroll said. “We’re not done, we have work to do. We’re excited about what’s coming up and you guys will see in time.”

Ansah is recovering from shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready to go by the middle of training camp at the latest.

Ansah has twice posted seasons with at least 10 sacks during his time in Detroit. He had 14.5 sacks in 2015 and 12.0 sacks in 2017. He appeared in just seven games last season for Detroit due to injuries.

With the compensatory free agent threshold having past, the Seahawks were free to sign Ansah without losing one of four expected compensatory draft picks in next year’s draft.

The last time Seattle signed a former Lions defensive end to a one-year deal, it turned out pretty well. Cliff Avril eventually spent five years in Seattle and compiled 36.5 sacks over his tenure with the team. The Seahawks will be hoping Ansah can provide a similar boon to their defensive front.

UPDATE 11:50 p.m. ET: Per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the deal is worth $5.5 million in guaranteed money with roughly $8 million more available in incentives.

44 responses to “Seahawks reach one-year deal with Ziggy Ansah

  1. Someone let the Bills know. The Seahawks purchased his ticket and he selected his preferred first class seat. In fact, he already checked in via phone app.

    Now we wait to see what he cost……?

  2. The problem I had with him being our 5th pick, was he never was that special talent where he would just burst through hard and wreck things up. He quietly got his stat numbers but he is a bust because he can’t stay healthy. Whatever his age is listed as add 6 years to it.

  3. Good pickup if they got him cheap. Can’t rely on him to stay healthy at this point.7

  4. Why not? There’s money to burn in Seattle in 2019. Ziggy bringing some stardust!

    GO Hawks!

  5. Yeah boy! This is starting to feel good in Seattle. A bunch of hungry mad dogs ready to get unleashed and make a name for themselves.

    Feels like 2012.

  6. Smart move. going to buffalo would have been a mistake. McDerrmott has no idea how to coach both sides of a team. Seattle is an infinitely a better organization.

  7. But Brandon Beane thinks Anzah is signing with the Bills and that the reporters are horrible and wrong and deserve to be insulted for their correct prediction. What happened?

  8. That’s a good signing for the ‘Hawks. Quality pass rusher when healthy.

  9. That is a decent deal that allows the Seahawks to sign another DL, possibly Mo Wilkerson or Danny Shelton. Suh has been in the rumors but i don’t think he’s going to be in the price range for the Seahawks even in this stage of the game. Also I don’t think he’s the right fit for the Seahawks. Would really like to see them go after one of those aforementioned DTs.

  10. Now the Bills will sing a different tune and say they didn’t want him.

  11. Sorry Bills fans, the Hawk fans claim they’ve beaten you to the offseason championship title.

  12. I expect he will have a decent year. as he has done so roughly every other year.

  13. So 13M if he is healthy and plays 16 games, 5M if he is the ziggy of the past few years. On a one year deal, this sounds about right. He’s such a tease.

  14. LoL what a horrible signing. With all the injury prone players SEA has signed this off-season from a toasted Mike Iupati to Ziggy Ansah it appears that SEA is trying to build there own All-Injured Squad. They traded in Frank Clark for an injury prone declining pass rusher who can no longer get to the QB.

    Ziggy Ansah cannot stay on the field, there is a reason why no team in the NFL wanted him not even the team who drafted him. The year he had 12.0 sacks in 2017 there was 12 GAMES where he had 0 sacks, his sack total was due to 3 big games against terrible OT’s. Ansah was injured in the 1st game of the season last year and didn’t appear again until week 9 starting just 2 games posting a whopping 4.0 sacks. 2016 Ansah was hurt all season long posting just 2.0 sacks. Then SEA drafts a guy with no speed, quickness or agility who ran a 5.0 second 40 time posting a pathetic 7.71 second 3 cone drill showing zero explosiveness w/ a 30inch vertical taking that guy in the 1st round DESPITE Posting just 6.0 sacks last year and 4.0 the year before in College. The Hawks outside pass rush looks basically non-existent heading into next season and is scaring no one.

  15. Jimmy Beam says:
    May 9, 2019 at 4:50 am
    That’s a good signing for the ‘Hawks. Quality pass rusher when healthy.
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    Ansah has not been a quality pass rusher in years. The season he had 12.0 sacks back in 2017 all came in 3 big games, there was like 12 games where he had zero impact on the game doing little to nothing. 2016 he was injured all season and posted just 2.0 sacks. Last year he was injured all year and posted just 4.0 sacks. Ansah hasn’t started 16 games since 2015 and only did so his first two years in the NFL. He’s listed as 30yrs old but people think he’s a lot older than that because he can’t prove it. He’s an aging declining pass rusher who cannot stay healthy, that’s not a good signing. You dont make your team better by signing old aging/declining players as core players of your roster you’re forced to heavily depend on next season as the Hawks will be w/ Ansah.

  16. Ziggy Zaggy has a four game ceiling before he’s on IR if he can get 9 sacks in those four game$ it might be a good part time signing !! When was the last time he played a full season ?

  17. It’s nice to see that there are still NFL teams willing to pay out significant money to players over 40 years old.

  18. Seahawk fans…prepare to be frustrated. There’s already reports he’ll miss the first month. If you get two decent games out of this guy you’re lucky. Dude is just always injured

  19. hawkkiller says:
    May 9, 2019 at 7:41 am
    Jimmy Beam says:
    May 9, 2019 at 4:50 am
    That’s a good signing for the ‘Hawks. Quality pass rusher when healthy.
    ————————————————-

    Ansah has not been a quality pass rusher in years. The season he had 12.0 sacks back in 2017 all came in 3 big games, there was like 12 games where he had zero impact on the game doing little to nothing. 2016 he was injured all season and posted just 2.0 sacks. Last year he was injured all year and posted just 4.0 sacks. Ansah hasn’t started 16 games since 2015 and only did so his first two years in the NFL. He’s listed as 30yrs old but people think he’s a lot older than that because he can’t prove it. He’s an aging declining pass rusher who cannot stay healthy, that’s not a good signing. You dont make your team better by signing old aging/declining players as core players of your roster you’re forced to heavily depend on next season as the Hawks will be w/ Ansah.
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    Yes…which it is a low base salary w/ incentive escalators so that if he DOES stay healthy and DOES contribute it will be worth it for both parties.

    This is a fantastic signing and typical of the Hawks at this point in free agency {See: buying low on Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril}.

    Once again your blind hatred of them doesn’t make every move they make bad.

  20. 12 sacks in 3 games means little but… NFL teams don’t hire people based on stats alone they look at game tape and have interviews and do their homework. Their job is to look into players more than us armchair journalists.

  21. I have a feeling they’re not going to end up paying him anywhere near $13 million.

    It’s not a horrible deal – he really produces, he gets paid. If he doesn’t, then Seahawks probably only pay $7-8m. Marsh I think will be the best of the lot.

  22. Washed up, unless they play him 5 plays a game. Poor value for the Seahawks.

  23. The Bills are the winner here! Ansah may play 5 games this year, so a million per game, great value for the sea birds!

  24. Quote from an earlier article:
    “If the Seahawks are the favorites to land defensive end Ziggy Ansah, that is news to Bills General Manager Brandon Beane.”

    “We’re still in talks with him and his agent,” Beane said. “Everything has been very good. All I’ll say about reports [Seattle is emerging as favorite] is I don’t buy into that garbage, especially when I consider where some of the sourcing comes from.”

    5 hours later…Seahawks sign Ziggy Ansah.

  25. He is going to be awesome on that defense! The Lions defense is a complete dumpster fire. Now he can proudly wear a real football team’s jersey. Detroit is where players go to waste!

  26. I don’t get the praise for Brandon Beane..

    Constantly commenting publicly on guys you want to sign/trade for isn’t smart and just notifies other teams in the bidding to up their offer. He also did this last year when he was looking to trade up and he got leaped by the Jets for the 3rd overall pick. The Lotulelei, Spencer Long, and John Brown contracts are real head scratchers too. Also, his emergency press conference after AB spurned the Bills is sort of bush league and dramatic.

  27. The compensatory draft pick system is broken. Clever of Seattle taking advantage of it, they’re not the only ones. I hope it gets fixed next CBA.

  28. It’s so obviously a solid signing – Hawks have the money this year after losing Clark (and probably Baldwin), and there is zero impact on future cap issues since it’s a 1-yr deal.

    And, you’ve got a player who has had some success, and is playing to prove he should get another contract. It’s a classic low risk, potentially high reward signing. To say otherwise is to just criticize for the sake of criticizing.

  29. When Ansah does play he’s one of the best pass rushers in the league, the problem is, he’s always hurt.

  30. I have already read reports that he will miss the 1st month due to recovering from his previous shoulder injury, lol. Greeeeat signing

  31. Is Belichick aware that Ansah was available?
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    I’m sure he was aware and I’m also sure that he isn’t concerned that this will lead to the “next” Seahawks 1 year dynasty.

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