Report: DEs Lawrence, Ansah expected to play on franchise tag

Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) had a team-high 12 sacks, 44 total tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season.Photo Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence and Ezekiel Ansah are expected to play on the franchise tag this year, according to a published report.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that both players likely will not receive long-term deals with their respective teams prior to Monday’s deadline, “barring a significant turn of events.”

If deals are not signed and approved by the league before 4 p.m. ET, the sides cannot agree to new contracts until after the regular season is over.

Lawrence, who has been seeking a long-term contract from the Dallas Cowboys, is set to play for just over $17 million in 2018 with the franchise tag.

The 26-year-old Lawrence started all 16 games last season and amassed a career-high 14.5 sacks.

Ansah recorded a team-high 12 sacks, 44 total tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season with the Detroit Lions despite missing two games with a back injury.

The 29-year-old Ansah has registered 44 sacks over his first five seasons, including 14.5 sacks in 2015. He had just two sacks the following year while being bothered by a high ankle sprain that limited him to 13 games.

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