It shouldn't come as much surprise, but the Detroit Lions officially picked up Ezekiel Ansah's fifth year option on his rookie contract, securing him as a Lion until after the 2017 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
General manager Bob Quinn hinted at this news during his post-draft press conference. "We have not picked up Ziggy’s option," Quinn said. "I’ll have an update on that for you in a few days."
As part of the collectively bargained rookie wage scale, first-round selections all have contracts built in with a fifth-year option. Teams can, at any point, exercise that option. If they choose not to, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent after their four-year contract expires. The deadline for teams to pick up this option was May 2.
For Ansah, he will make a salary of $12.7 million in 2017 according to CBS Sports. As a player who made the Pro Bowl last season and tallied 30 sacks in his first three years, Ansah is more than worth it.