Ezekiel Ansah Measureables
Experience: 5 seasons
Status: Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag ($17.1M)
1-Time Pro Bowler
Detroit Lions Projected Cap Space (Top 51): $27.1 million (per Over The Cap)
Ezekiel Ansah Profile
The Lions placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Ezekiel Ansah.
Ezekiel Ansah is an athletic marvel, with the size, length, and movement skills to take over a game off the edge. He possesses all the physical tools necessary to be a dominant pass rusher but too often relies on his natural ability to get to the quarterback.
At times, dominate is exactly what he did. Only one player had more games with at least 3.0 sacks in a season than Ansah’s three such games in 2017: Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor. Ansah bagged 9.0 sacks against the Giants, Packers, and Bengals but had only 3.0 sacks in his other 11 games.
Inconsistency has plagued Ansah since he entered the NFL in 2013. 52 percent of his sacks (23.0 of 44.0 career sacks) have come in 12 percent of his games (9 of 73 career games).
Ansah followed a dominant 2015 season, which he finished 3rd in sacks (14.5) made his first Pro Bowl, with 2.0 sacks in 2016. Aside from the sacks, 2017 was just as underwhelming as 2016.
Ezekiel Ansah Production
Defensive End Market
The market for pass rushers is always well. The Giants have both of the highest-paid 4-3 defensive ends in the NFL, in Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Ansah will be looking to land in the range.
Player Comparables: NYG Olivier Vernon, NYG Jason Pierre-Paul, JAX Calais Campbell
Ansah, who entered the NFL at 24, will be 29 years old at the start of the 2018 season. He and Demarcus Lawrence will each be looking to set the positional market in 2018.
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2018 Cap Adjusted Average Annual Salary: $17.3 million
Statistical Comparison (Two Year Averages Before Deal)
Ansah and Pierre-Paul are the only players with multiple 10.0+ sack seasons on their resume (2 each) prior to signing long-term contracts (Wake – 1, Campbell – 0). Ziggy’s overall production matches up well with the comparables.
The Lions fully intend to keep Ansah in Detroit, and the franchise tag will keep him there at least one more season. The two sides have until July 16 to agree on a deal. No 94 would command a hefty price on the open market, but he won’t get that chance just yet.
Salary Floor: $14 million per year
Ansah’s lack of consistency could shy teams away from investing top of the market money in the former 5th-overall selection. The tag makes Ansah the 2nd-highest played edge rusher in the NFL, behind only a transcendent talent, Von Miller.
Salary Ceiling: $17 million per year
Potential and ability alone could easily push Ansah to the top of the 4-3 defensive end market.
Last season, pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul, Chandler Jones, and Melvin Ingram were each franchised, as Ansah was this February. Each of those three worked out long-term extensions with their teams. Ansah should fall right into the top tier of the edge rusher market.
5 years, $80 million, $16 million APY, $30 million fully guaranteed