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Lions Franchise Tag Ziggy Ansah

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The Detroit Lions have decided to place the franchise tag of defensive end Ziggy Ansah which will prevent him from hitting the free agency market.

The tag will cost Detroit $17.52M and the team will likely start to work on a long-term deal for Ansah.

Ansah posted 12 sacks, 44 total tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during the 2017 regular season for Detroit.

 

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Patriots Acquire Micheal Roberts

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The New England Patriots have acquired veteran tight end Michel Roberts from the Detroit Lions for a conditional 2020 seventh-round draft pick, according to the Detroit News’ Justin Roberts.

Roberts hasn’t done much during his short career, but he certainly has potential that is intriguing.

New England is thin at tight end, and Roberts figures to vie for playing time alongside Matt LaCosse and Ben Watson, when Watson is eligible to play following a four-game suspension to start the season.

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Lions’ Darrell Bevell Stresses Running the Ball

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The Detroit Lions will be extremely focused on running the football under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell this upcoming season.

“We’ll always be about running the football,” Bevell said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We want to be a tough, hard-nosed, physical football team. We want to be able to exert our will on our opponents.”

Bevell has extensive experience running an offensive system, and he is confident that Detroit can step it up this season.

“It is different for the opponent,” Bevell said. “If you’re playing the Rams and the Chiefs and those teams week in and week out, they’re defending the same thing. All of a sudden you play us, there’s going to be different things to defend and they have to decide how they want to do it, if they’re going to have to personnel it different. I think it kind of gives you a little bit of an edge that way.”

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Travis Swanson Announces Retirement

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Veteran offensive lineman Travis Swanson, who spent the majority of last season with the Miami Dolphins, has announced his retirement from the NFL.

“I decided to retire from the game of football,” Swanson stated in a post on his official Instagram page

“Those words are hard to write. However, I have a sense of comfort knowing Emily and I are walking away from this game with offers that were on the table. This ultimately came down to a family decision between Emily and I.

“I have been an offensive lineman for 22 years of my life and will be for the remainder. In my years as a lineman, I have learned so many life lessons. It is extraordinary that this game has the power to take a kid from Kingwood, Texas to places all over the globe.”

Swanson was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and has played for the Lions, the New York Jets, and the Dolphins during his career.

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