Detroit Lions place franchise tag on Ezekiel Ansah

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The Lions franchise tagged Ansah on Tuesday in a move that will pay him $17.5 million for 2018 once he signs his tender, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Ansah proved to be one of the NFL’s best edge rushers in 2017, finishing with 12.0 sacks, 44 total tackles (39 solo), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. No player had more sacks than Ansah in the second half of 2017 (he tied Chandler Jones with eight), and he finished the year with back-to-back three-sack cheap blank jerseys games.

Ansah’s late-season heroics helped propel him to a No. 5 ranking by Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal on NFL.com‘s Top 101 Free Agents of 2018.

Although Ansah’s on-field numbers are impressive, the 28-year-old’s struggles with injuries over the last two seasons didn’t make him a slam dunk to return to Detroit. Still, it would have been strange if the Lions let the 6-foot-5, 276-pound pass rushing terror test free agency after being one of only two players wholesale jerseys to record double-digit sacks in two of the last three seasons. With hardly any other options available, it’s a sensible move by general manager Bob Quinn.

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The Detroit Lions NFL jerseys team announced Wednesday they’ve placed Ngata on injured reserve. The 33-year-old will miss at least eight weeks.

Losing Ngata is a big blow to an overachieving Lions defensive front. The earth-moving veteran had a good start to his season pushing the pocket as a pass rusher. Ngata has earned two sacks in five weeks after earning just four total sacks in 17 games the previous two seasons cheap NFL jerseys in Detroit.

The elbow issue is just the latest injury Ngata has dealt with since moving to Detroit in 2015. After 12 seasons, it’s fair to wonder if the elbow injury could spell the end of Ngata’s career. A free agent after this season, Ngata began his career with nine seasons in Baltimore, where he was one of the most dominant, memorable two-gap interior defenders in the NFL cheap blank jerseys.

A top-10 pick by ex-Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, Ebron has been a disappointment through four seasons, failing to live up to the draft status. It’s not the tight end’s fault he was selected ahead of the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. or Aaron Donald . A propensity for drops and inconsistencies on routes, however, are on the 24-year-old.

A change of scenery could be beneficial for Ebron jersey, who has admitted to being “in the dumps” this season after early-season struggles continued in what he believed would be a breakout campaign.

Ebron is averaging a career-low 7.8 yards per catch and just 17 yards per game on 2.1 catches per contest. He has one touchdown in his last 19 games, including playoffs. The first-round pick is being badly outplayed by low-cost veteran Darren Fells, who has three touchdowns on 10 receptions and 101 yards. Ebron also didn’t start for the first time cheap blank jerseys since 2015 in the Lions’ last game.

Given Ebron’s struggles this year, and potential big pay raise next season, a trade would not likely net a significant return. Like we’ve seen in Buffalo this season, Quinn could decide to cut bait on a top-10 pick he didn’t choose for any compensation rather than cut him for nothing this cheap blank jerseys offseason.

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