Seahawks sign pass-rusher Ziggy Ansah but he will miss time
Wednesday night, Seattle Seahawks fans were celebrating the news that the squad had agreed to a one-year deal with former top-five draft pick Ziggy Ansah, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The former Detroit Lions pass-rusher was considered by many around the NFL as the top free agent remaining. The Seattle move was heralded around the NFL because of Ansah’s talent, but also because it came after the deadline for lost compensatory draft pick value and that it’s a great fit for Seattle. The Seahawks needed pass-rush help after trading star Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs.
However, Thursday morning, the excitement over the Ansah news became somewhat muted. Schefter reported that Ansah is still recovering from a shoulder surgery and is he is expected to miss training camp and perhaps longer. In fact, Schefter reported that some league sources think Ansah may miss the first month of the season, at least. So, that one-year deal seems less valuable.
This news explains why Ansah was on the market so long. Baltimore and Buffalo also showed interest. While the latest news isn’t great, the Seahawks will, at some point, get needed help from Ansah. In the meantime, Seattle will hope first-round pick, L.J. Collier out of TCU, quickly develop into a pass-rushing force.