Should the Detroit Lions sign a long-term deal with Ziggy Ansah, franchise tag him or let him walk? As a rule, I’m not a big fan of letting good talent walk away from an organization regardless of money. As a rule, I’m not a big fan of applying the franchise tag to a player unless I have a virtual guarantee that the money I’m spending will be justified by the on-field performance. As a rule, I don’t like the fact that two opposing theories leave me in a quandary when it comes to a player like Ziggy Ansah. This is the first major statement Matt Patricia will make as Lions head coach working alongside Bob Quinn. Patricia is here, in large part, because he said goodbye to top defensive players like Jamie Collins, Vince Wilfork and Dont’a Hightower (injury) and still found a way to put together a defense that won Super Bowls. If there is a ‘Patriot Way,’ it is the ability to get the most out of players when they are playing for lesser contracts. They sell high, gobble up draft picks and watch those dispatched players sign for top dollar elsewhere when they may have already passed their prime. The Lions aren’t there yet. Among the many reasons why they failed to make the playoffs last season, the lack of an imposing pass rush was at or near the top of the list along with the lack of a running game. They don’t have the luxury of letting Ansah go and immediately filling his spot with a back-up, a free agent or a draft pick unless they really hit it big, which is why Quinn is here in the first place.
If Detroit Lions let Ansah go, what are they losing?
Detroit Free Press | Feb 22