Ziggy Ansah has been a ghost during Detroit's offseason conditioning program, but that's about to change.
The team's most valuable pass rusher returned from Ghana on Monday and signed his $17.14 million franchise tag on Tuesday, the Lions announced. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Monday that Ansah would sign.
Ansah's return comes as no surprise. The 28-year-old defensive end spent last week in Ghana for a family obligation, but kept in touch with Detroit's front office and first-year head coach Matt Patricia.
The Lions now have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal with Ansah, who piled up 12 sacks over 14 games in 2017.