Ansah signs franchise contract

Ezekiel Ansah has signed his franchise tag, signaling his return to the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced the move Tuesday. Detroit designated the defensive end from Ghana as its franchise player nearly two months ago. Ansah has 44 sacks in five seasons with the Lions. He had 12 sacks last season, bouncing back from an injury-filled 2016 season in which he had a career-low two sacks. He had three sacks in a game three times last season. Detroit drafted him No. 5 overall in 2013 out of BYU, where he was originally more interested in track and basketball than football. He has started 71 of 73 games, playing through injuries the past two years, and has 207 tackles.