The Seattle Seahawks obviously need any depth they can get on the defensive line, particularly for pass-rushing purposes following the recent Frank Clark trade. One of the names that has surfaced is free agent DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, formerly of the Detroit Lions. Having brought him in for a visit late last month, the Seahawks now appear to be favorites to sign him to a deal, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Sources: The #Seahawks have emerged as the front-runner to sign star FA DE Ziggy Ansah. They visited with him in late April and need a big-time pass-rusher after dealing Frank Clark. The contract has not been finalized yet. He also visited with the #Bills, who remain interested.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2019
Ansah played for Detroit from 2013-2018, twice managing double-digit sack totals, including a dozen in 2017. What has plagued Ansah is his injury history, as he’s missed time in each of the past three seasons, and appeared in only seven games in 2018. When healthy, he’s shown himself to be a very productive player, but it’s certainly nothing that should be relied upon.
Of significant importance outside of potentially signing Ansah and bolstering the pass rush is the fact that he would not count towards the 2020 compensatory pick formula. The deadline for free agent signings affecting comp picks expired on May 7th, so Ansah isn’t going to cost anything additional outside of his contract.