Seahawks DE Ziggy Ansah ‘has a chance’ to be ready for Week 1
The Seattle Seahawks initially elected to place the team’s franchise tag on veteran pass rusher Frank Clark. However, the Seahawks were ultimately unable to retain Clark in the end as Seattle went on to trade him across the country to the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the 2019 NFL Draft.
With Seattle turning Clark’s departure to Kansas City into a slew of 2019 NFL Draft picks, the Seahawks then promptly decided to sign former Detroit Lions edge rusher Ziggy Ansah. Ansah is coming off some lingering shoulder trouble en route to leaving the “Motor City” and thus concluding his playing days as a member of the aforementioned Lions.
But despite that surgery, it appears as though there is at least a chance that the once-prolific pass rusher is ready to make his Seahawks debut come Week 1 of the 2019-20 regular season, according to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll said Ziggy Ansah “has a chance” to be ready for the start of the season but that they won’t know really where he’s at until training camp gets going.
— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) May 21, 2019
Ansah previously signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks while Clark went on to ink a massive five-year, $104 million with the Chiefs.
The soon-to-be 30-year-old Ansah previously spent six seasons as a member of the Lions, the franchise that originally selected him in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of BYU. Last season, Ansah appeared in a mere seven regular season games for the Lions in what would eventually become his last go-round with the NFC North franchise. During that same span, he produced 11 total tackles and four sacks.
For his NFL career as a whole, Ansah has already appeared in 80 regular season games while registering 218 total tackles, 48 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two pass defenses.