According to Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network, Ezekiel Ansah will be leaving his home country Ghana on Monday and arriving at the Lions facility Tuesday April 17th not only to begin offseason training for the first time with head coach Matt Patricia but to sign his franchise tag ($17.1M) the Lions had put on him back in late February.
#Lions star DE Ziggy Ansah is returning from Ghana today and will report to work for Detroit tomorrow, source said. He’s going to sign his $17.143M franchise tag and participate in new coach Matt Patricia’s first offseason conditioning program.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2018
Ansah missed the first week of offseason workouts due to “family matters” back home in Ghana. This is why he has yet to sign the franchise tag. Long-term talks are most likely out of the question as he intends to sign the one-year deal.
Even fighting through a knee injury last season, Ziggy still managed to dominate on the field. He finished with 39 tackles, five assists, and 12.0 sacks in 14 games.
Concerning Ansah turning 29-years old in 2018, Ansah’s future with the Lions comes down to this next season. Depending on his health and performance on the field, this could determine whether the Lions want to sign the pass rusher to a long-term extension in 2019.