Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:26 PM EDT Oct 15, 2018 When the suggestion was made at the Detroit Lions’ media members summit this spring that the team did not make any big moves in free agency, first-year coach Matt Patricia took exception with that line of thinking. "I’m not so sure about that," Patricia said at the time. "The Ziggy signing." The Lions used the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah in March to effectively keep their best pass rusher off the free-agent market at the cost of $17.143 million. While that number would be a bargain for the league’s top pass rushers – Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald have since signed deals worth more than $20 million annually – the Lions have not come close to realizing a return on their investment six weeks into the season. Ansah, who has made $6.05 million so far this year, has played just 19 snaps, all in the first half of a season-opening loss to the New York Jets, and has one sack and four … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions tagging Ziggy Ansah has been a bust so far
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 8:27 p.m. UTC Aug 28, 2018 Ziggy Ansah said he’s grateful — yes, grateful — he will play this season on a one-year franchise tag and that the Detroit Lions did not give him a contract extension. Ansah, a Pro Bowl defensive end in 2015 who led the Lions with 12 sacks last year, said Wednesday he wasn’t disappointed he and the team didn’t reach agreement on a long-term deal this year. “Why should I be?” he said. The Lions will pay Ansah, 29, a fortune this year at a salary of $17,143,000. But most players prefer multiyear contracts that offer long-term financial security. “Yeah,” Ansah said, “but on the other hand, there’s a thousand people in the NFL that would love to be in my position. So I’m just grateful.” Many elite players wouldn’t see it that way. Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack, a two-time All-Pro and the 2016 NFL defensive player … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah ‘grateful’ to play, even with franchise tag
Now that the Minnesota Vikings have extended the contract of the first of their core potential free agents, linebacker Eric Kendricks last week for $50 million for five years, negotiations for defensive end Danielle Hunter could become very interesting. So much that it could take designating a franchise tag on Hunter if a mega-contract agreement can’t be reached. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hunter, who has had 25.5 sacks in his first three seasons in Minnesota, doesn’t turn 24 until October. Talent that young is hard to find in the NFL, making Hunter’s value as a potential free agent after the coming season in the $15 million per year range. That’s more than Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen’s $14.5 million per season average. Franchising Hunter for the 2019 season could cost the Vikings about $18 million. The team can’t afford to let him go. Kendricks’ $50 million deal could turn out to be the least expensive of the Vikings’ other … [Read more...] about Charley Walters: Will Vikings’ Danielle Hunter get franchise tag?
Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars Rebels Season 4– Star Wars animation has always pushed the boundaries of what we know about Star Wars, especially when it comes to the Force, be it the introduction of new Force powers, the introduction of new factions of Force users, or the introduction of pocket realities within the Force. Star Wars Rebels continues this strong tradition by bringing time travel to the Star Wars universe. This is not the first time Star Wars has played with time. In fact, time-bending has happened even more than most fans realize, with Luke’s training on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back possibly serving as the first example. While it wasn’t specified at the time, more recent canon has shown that various Force Nexus – places where there’s an abnormal concentration of Force energy – can result in a time dilation effect. This is why Luke was able to train as much as he did with Yoda in what seemed like only a few … [Read more...] about Rebels Introduces Franchise-Changing Sci-Fi Plot Device To Star Wars
Cyberpunk 2077 is closing in on being one of the most ambitious games CD Projekt Red has ever made, and now they’re taking things a step further by touting it as their next blockbuster franchise. Video game developers, like film studios, are always looking for ways to turn their latest triple-A titles into an ongoing series with potentially multiple sequels and spinoffs. CD Projekt Red is no different; they just take a bit longer to develop their sequels.CD Projekt Red is primarily known for developing The Witcher series – based on the novel series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski – which ended with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2015. Ever since then, they’ve refocused their attention towards Cyberpunk 2077, a game that was first announced way back in 2012. It’s somewhat of a follow-up to Mike Pondsmith’s original games, particularly Cyberpunk 2013 and Cyberpunk 2020. Since cyberpunk games haven’t been greatly explored by major studios, CD … [Read more...] about Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt’s Next ‘Blockbuster Franchise’