SEATTLE- Entering the season with no real pass rushing threat outside potentially rookie L.J Collier, the Seattle Seahawks knew they had to buff the position. The Seahawks decided to roll the dice on Ezekiel Ansah, a former Top 5 pick who had all the promise in the world before injury set in.
Ansah was selected with the No. 5 overall pick out of Brigham Young University back in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was raw, but still managed to get all-rookie honors. He peaked in 2015 when he racked up 14.5 sacks, forced four fumbles and was named a Second Team All-Pro. Since then, he’s failed to play in all 16 games in a season.
In his contract year, he had another spectacular season, getting 12 sacks in 14 games. The Lions were weary of his injury history and franchised tagged him last season, just for him to get four sacks in seven games, sidelined most of the year with a shoulder injury.
When Ansah is healthy, he’s a difficult force to stop. In 80 career games, he has 48 sacks and 10 forced fumbles. The contract is a team-friendly one that should inspire Ansah to play his best. The Seahawks are offering him a one-year deal and are only due to pay him $5.5 million with incentives that could bump the contract up another $8 million according to sources.
Ansah is signing the contract on Thursday, despite the news breaking Wednesday. This is to make sure the Seahawks don’t lose a compensatory pick in next year’s draft. Ansah still has lingering injury problems from last season and league sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter he could miss the first month of the season if not more. When he finally gets on the field, his presence will be invaluable if he can show flashes of his old self.