Seahawks news: Seattle emerges as favorite to sign Ezekiel Ansah
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Seattle Seahawks emerge as favorite to sign Ezekiel Ansah

Ziggy Ansah, Lions

The Seattle Seahawks have emerged as the favorites to sign free-agent defensive lineman Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Ansah visited with the Seahawks late last month, and with the Seahawks trading away fellow defensive lineman Frank Clark, they can certainly use another pass rusher.

Rapoport adds that Ansah has also met with the Buffalo Bills, who remain interested.

The 29-year-old spent the 2018 campaign with the Detroit Lions, playing in seven games due to a shoulder injury that plagued him all year and ultimately resulted in him hitting the injured reserve list in December. When he was on the field, Ansah registered 11 tackles and four sacks.

Ansah, who played his collegiate football at BYU, was originally selected by the Lions with the fifth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He made an immediate impact during his rookie season, finishing with 30 tackles, eight sacks and a couple of forced fumbles. Then, the following year, Ansah recorded 51 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles before completely breaking out in 2015, when he racked up 47 stops, 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and a pair of fumble recoveries en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Ansah then had a very rough year in 2016, totaling just 35 tackles and a couple of sacks, but he rebounded in 2017, posting 44 tackles, 12 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Seattle is coming off of a season in which it won 10 games and captured a Wild Card berth in the NFC. It then went on to lose to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.