- The Lions also signed LB Freddie Bishop to a contract and placed FB Nick Badwen (knee) on injured reserve.
Ansah, 28, was taken with the No. 5 overall pick by the Lions back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $18.595 million rookie contract before the Lions picked up his fifth-year option last May.
Ansah made a base salary $12.7 million for the 2017 season before the Lions used the franchise tag on him several months ago. Ansah has already signed the tender worth around $17.5 million fully guaranteed for the 2018 season.
In 2017, Ansah appeared in 14 games for the Lions and recorded 44 tackles, 12 sacks, a forced fumble, and a recovery. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 40 edge rusher out of 106 qualifying players.
Bawden, 21, was selected with the No. 237 overall pick in the seventh-round of this year’s draft by the Lions. He suffered a torn ACL during offseason workouts last month.
During his college career at San Diego State, Bawden rushed for 47 yards on 12 carries (3.9 YPC) to go along with 30 receptions for 240 yards receiving and one touchdown over the course of four years and 24 games played.