April 8 (UPI) -- Right end Ezekiel 'Ziggy' Ansah still hasn't spoken with the Detroit Lions about a contract extension for next season.
Ansah, 27, was a Pro Bowler in 2015 after registering 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. But he slipped in 2016, partially due to injuries, accumulating just two sacks in 13 games.
"Negotiations have not begun" but the Lions "have expressed interest in contract talks with Ansah," the Detroit Free Press reported.
Ansah is on the books for $12.7 million this season and hits free agency in 2018. He would cost about $16.9 million if he is slapped with the franchise tag next season.
If Ansah doesn't sign an extension this offseason, he could be in for bigger money if he returns to his 2015 form. NFL.com also projects the Lions to draft a linebacker early in the 2017 NFL Draft. It uses Ansah as its rationale for deciding on the pick because of his ability to make plays from the front seven.