Wednesday night, the Seattle Seahawks came to an agreement with former Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah for a one-year deal, as reported by both NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The terms of the deal have yet to be announced, but it’s of little surprise that the contract is just for one year considering the significant risk Ansah poses. The former Lions pass rusher has proven to be extremely valuable when available, however, injuries have marred the past three years of his career, both causing him to be ineffective on the field or sidelined for big chunks of games.
Coming off shoulder surgery, it’s unknown how ready for the regular season Ansah will be, but Seattle is likely a good landing spot for him, seeing as they’re looking to fill a pretty significant hole where Frank Clark used to be.
Because the Seahawks waited until after Tuesday’s deadline, the acquisition of Ansah will not affect the compensatory pick formula for both the Lions and Seattle.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Brady Henderson has some contract details for Ansah:
The deal is expected to include $5.5 million in guaranteed money, with incentives that could boost it by roughly another $8 million, a source said. Ansah is scheduled to fly to Seattle on Thursday to sign the contract.
UPDATE 2: It sounds like Ansah is already expected to miss some time in Seattle and may not even be ready for the regular season:
New Seahawks’ DE Ziggy Ansah still is recovering from shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him out of training camp or longer; some league sources believe Ansah could miss the first month of this season, at least.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 9, 2019