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Lions DE Ziggy Ansah Expected to Ink Franchise Tender and Report for Workouts

The Lions were hopeful that Ziggy Ansah would take part in a portion of voluntary workouts this offseason so first-year coach Matt Patricia could get to know his star pass rusher.

It appears, they’ll get their wish, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

NFL Network reported Monday that Ansah will sign his franchise tender and report for workouts on Tuesday when he returns from his trip to Ghana.

Ansah spent more than a month in his homeland this offseason, visiting family and making media appearances.

He led the Lions with 12 sacks last season, and general manager Bob Quinn said last week it was a no-brainer for the team to use the franchise tag on Ansah before the start of free agency.

“That’s something when we were going through the process, Matt got on board and Ziggy was the No. 1 conversation,” Quinn said. “What are we going to do with Ziggy? I had my thoughts. It didn’t take long for me to show Matt why we should do what we did. To have an outside edge rusher that can be as dominant as Ziggy was something that was really appealing to Matt because Matt has had a lot of great players in New England and I think Ziggy would rank right up there with some of the best players that Matt has ever coached.”

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