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Lions notes: Seattle Seahawks ‘front-runners’ to sign Ezekiel Ansah

It appears Ansah may find his new team soon.

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Now that the portion of free agency that affects compensatory picks has passed, many expect some of the bigger names in free agency to sign with new teams in the very near future.

One of those players is former Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who has met with several teams this offseason. According to Ian Rapoport, the front-runner to land the pass rusher is now the Seattle Seahawks:

Ansah has shown a knack for pass rushing in this league—tallying 44 sacks in his first five yards in the league. That’s something the Seahawks will certainly be hoping to harness should the sign him, even though they drafted L.J. Collier in the first round in the draft.

However, injury concerns have caused plenty of teams to take caution with Ansah. He has missed 14 games in the past three seasons combined. His latest major injury, a torn labrum suffered late in the 2018 season, required surgery to repair it. His progress at this point is unclear.

We’ll see if the Seahawks seal the deal soon, but unfortunately for Detroit, it means no compensation is coming their way—although any compensation was unlikely anyways considering how active Detroit was in free agency.

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