Multiple outlets are reporting that the Seattle Seahawks are going to address their need of a pass-rusher by bringing in former fifth-overall pick and Detroit Lion, Ziggy Ansah, on a one-year deal.
Most people would argue that Ansah didn’t live up to being drafted fifth-overall while he was in Detroit, having only two seasons with double-digit sacks in six seasons, but he was still a productive player.
He will come to Seattle with 48 career sacks and 60 career tackles for loss and he has hit opposing quarterbacks 110 times.
Ansah was a Pro-Bowler is 2015 when he racked up 14.5 sacks and while he’s coming off of a season in which he only had four sacks in seven games and he only started two games while dealing with injuries, the season before in 2017 he racked up 12 sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
Ansah is by no means an elite player. That, combined with the fact that Ansah is coming off of offseason shoulder surgery and may miss part of the regular season, are the reasons he was still available this far into free agency, but Seattle ranked in the top half of the league last season with 43 sacks as a team, but badly needed a pass-rusher after trading Frank Clark last month to the Chiefs, and Ansah is built like a prototypical pass-rusher in the NFL and he was very productive in the last full season he played.
All of those factors make this a pretty low-risk, high-reward move for the Seahawks and it fills a need, because even though they drafted L.J. Collier in the first-round of this years draft, when it’s a big positional need you’d prefer to not rely on a rookie too much.
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