Report: Teams in holding pattern on Ziggy Ansah

The free agent defensive end visited with the Bills earlier in March

Sal Capaccio
March 25, 2019 - 5:35 pm

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PHOENIX, AZ (WGR550) - The day after free agency officially began, the Buffalo Bills hosted defensive end Ziggy Ansah for a visit. Nothing came of that and Ansah eventually went on to other cities, but 11 days later, the veteran pass rusher remains unsigned.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport says that’s because teams are still concerned about the shoulder injury that sidelined him for nine games last season.

Ansah’s been a productive player since coming into the league as the fifth overall pick by the Detroit Lions in 2013. However, that production tailed off last year after a pair of shoulder injuries limited him to seven games played. Prior to last season, the 30-year-old never had any durability concerns. He missed only seven games in five years. 

Ansah ranks 28th amongst active players in career sacks with 48, including 14.5 in 2015 and 12.0 in 2017. Sandwiched in-between those two seasons was a low 2.0-sack season in 2016, but otherwise, Ansah’s lowest sack total for a full season played prior to the injury last year (he still had 4.0 sacks in seven games) was 7.5. He’s been consistent in that area outside of one season. All this to go along with 218 total tackles. 

With the other pass rushing talent available in this free agent and draft classes, it makes sense that teams want to wait before committing to him, and possibly even until after they know who they select in the draft in one month. That may very well include the Bills, who hold the No. 9 overall pick and are, most likely, searching to improve their pass rush.

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