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Monday open thread: Is Ezekiel Ansah wrong for skipping the start of workouts?

Are you bothered Ansah won’t be there on Monday? We’re not.

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Ezekiel Ansah is not expected to be at Allen Park for the first day of offseason workouts on Monday. According to Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, Ansah is in Ghana for a “family obligation.”

Ansah is also currently not signed, as the Detroit Lions designated him with the franchise tag worth $17.1 million in 2018. If the two sides want to come to a long-term agreement rather than having Ziggy sign the one-year franchise deal, they have until July 16.

Some fans have already voiced their displeasure against Ansah for skipping out on offseason workouts, saying that it’s essential he takes every opportunity to meet with new head coach Matt Patricia and learn what’s expected out of him in the new system. Others shake it off as relatively unimportant offseason workouts and it’s nothing to get too mad about.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Are you mad that Ezekiel Ansah is missing the first day of offseason workouts?

My answer: Absolutely not. There are so many reason not to be upset about this, so let me just run through a few of them.

  1. “Family obligation.” That’s admittedly a little vague, but much of Ansah’s family still resides in Ghana, and he obviously doesn’t get much of a chance to see them during the season. Regardless, family comes first, and for all we know this could be a very serious thing he’s dealing with. He’s been in the league for five years, he’s earned a little “me” time.
  2. There are offseason workouts. All the Lions can do right now is work on conditioning and/or rehabilitation. While Ansah had a minor knee scope surgery this offseason, missing a few rehab days at Allen Park is not going to destroy his chances of recovery.
  3. It’s voluntary. Sure, you’d love to see the Lions’ entire roster show up on Day 1, but Ansah has no obligation to go and he’s not even under contract, technically.

So, no. I’m not at all mad at Ziggy. Even if his holdout—and I wouldn’t even call this a holdout—lasts a month or more, I wouldn’t be too mad. Plenty of players have held out before while on the franchise tag. It doesn’t seem like this is going to be that kind of case, so let the man take care of some family stuff for an extra day or two.

Your turn.


Does it bother you that Ezekiel Ansah will likely miss the first day of offseason workouts?

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