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DETROIT LIONS, Fla.
— — The Detroit Lions are a team that can always find a way to get something done, and that’s where the team’s foreign transaction fee (TFB) comes into play.
It’s the kind of money that can help the Lions land a franchise player or bring back a veteran.
However, the Lions are also known for their defensive woes, and the recent signing of free agent defensive end Ziggy Ansah has opened up a roster spot for defensive tackle Taniela Tupou, who was originally drafted in the second round.
In the past, Detroit has signed players who will have to make major changes to their rosters, including the signing of a veteran free agent.
Tupou is the only Lions defensive lineman to play in at least 100 games over the past three seasons.
The Lions are likely to be without Ansah in the offseason, but he’s expected to play well enough to stay in Detroit.
Ansah, who turns 30 in August, has played every game in his career, starting at three different positions, with Detroit being his only team to start every game.
He was the fourth-leading tackler in the league last season, but was forced to sit out last season because of an ankle injury.
Ansahs injury also limited Ansah to 15 games in 2013.
The 6-foot-6, 307-pound Ansah will be 34 next season.
He’ll be the third defensive lineman in franchise history to be cut after the Lions cut Calvin Johnson, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Ansah or Tupou to end up in Detroit, either.
The Tigers, though, could find a trade partner for Ansahs services.
The team has been linked to several NFL teams as the next team to try to land Ansah.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Detroit is the front-runners to land the Lions’ top free agent, although the team is waiting to hear from Ansah before making a decision.
The Detroit Free Press reported earlier this week that Ansah’s agent is in talks with the Dolphins, who are looking to add defensive end Cameron Wake.
Wake is in his fourth season with Miami and had been a frequent target of Detroit.
The Dolphins are looking for defensive line help and could potentially be looking for a veteran defensive end.
Detroit also could be looking to trade Tupou.
Tupous salary is estimated to be $6.8 million, which is a significant increase from Ansahs current $5.6 million salary.
The veteran defensive tackle is due to count $9.6,000 against the cap this season, meaning he’ll likely end up making $9 million this season.
Tupoun is coming off a disappointing season with the Lions, where he recorded two sacks, eight quarterback hurries and 10 quarterback hits.
The former LSU star, who is also a former Pro Bowl guard, had six sacks, five quarterback hits and one forced fumble.
Tupun was an integral part of the Lions offensive line in 2014, where the unit gave up just six sacks on the season.
That was the worst performance by the Lions line in the past four years, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Detroit lost both games against Miami and Miami is the next opponent Ansah is expected to face this season if he does decide to sign elsewhere.
Ansara was selected by the Dolphins with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
He has started every game for the Dolphins since, starting in place of rookie Koa Misi, who signed with the Saints as a free agent this offseason.
Misi has started nine games this season for the Saints, and has been an effective pass rusher for the team.
He recorded 12.5 sacks last season.
Ansala has also appeared in four games this year for the Lions and recorded two quarterback hurrieries.
The 22-year-old Ansala played at LSU from 2011-12 and is a graduate transfer from the University of North Carolina.
The only other time Ansala appeared in a game in Detroit was the team-opening loss to the Saints on Sept. 27, 2013.
Detroit has not won the season series with Miami, which was the last time the teams played.
Ansada has one career interception, but his last interception came against the Saints.
He also had six pass breakups.
Ansalas most productive season was in 2014 when he recorded 17 sacks and three forced fumbles, which tied for fourth most in the NFL.