Ziggy Ansah in line for contract extension

March 29, 2017

Ezekiel Ansah

While the Detroit Lions have defensive end Ziggy Ansah under contract in 2017 thanks to his fifth-year option, Detroit would like to lock up the fifth-year edge rusher for the foreseeable future.

The Lions have interest in inking Ansah to a long-term extension, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, who cautions talks have not yet started.

Ansah, 27, will earn $12.734m in 2017 before becoming an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Detroit will have the option of assigningAnsah the franchise tag next spring, but that would come with a high price tag.The 2017 franchise tender for defensive ends is worth $16.394m, so increases in the salary cap could push that figure near $18m in 2018.

A franchise tag wouldn’t come cheap, but neither would an extension, as Ansah and his representatives would likely point to recent comparable edge defender contracts when negotiations get underway.

Those deals might include Von Miller ($19.083m annually), Olivier Vernon ($17m), Chandler Jones ($16.5m), and Jason Pierre-Paul ($15.5m).

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