And it appears they will see if the No. 5 pick from 2013 can provide much-needed pass-rush depth.
The 49ers will bring in Pro Bowl defensive end Ziggy Ansah, 31, for a workout Tuesday, the NFL Network reported. Ansah, who visited the 49ers before training camp and passed a physical, will be in Santa Clara on Sunday to start COVID-19 testing.
The 49ers hosted both Ansah and Dion Jordan in early August and signed Jordan, 30, the No. 3 pick in 2013 who was signed to their practice squad after an unimpressive training camp. Ansah reportedly turned down the 49ers’ veteran-minimum offer of $1.05 million last month.
Ansah has two 10-sack seasons (2015, 2017), but has had just 6.5 sacks while missing 14 games because of injuries over the past two seasons.
Last year, his lone season with the Seahawks, Ansah had 2.5 sacks in 11 games, missing time with shoulder, ankle and neck injuries. In 2018, his final season with Detroit, he was limited to seven games and 146 snaps because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Ansah’s position coach for his first five seasons with the Lions was 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. In 2017, their last season together, Ansah ranked eighth in the NFL with 12 sacks.
If the 49ers sign Ansah, they will only have to pay him the balance of the first 25 percent of his base salary if they release him because he is a vested veteran who was not on their Week 1 roster.
The 49ers are in need of pass-rushers who can spell Pro Bowl defensive ends Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. Ronald Blair, their top backup last year, will miss at least the first six games after he was placed on the physically unable to perform list Sept. 5. Blair tore his ACL in November.
Eric Branch has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle since 2011 as the 49ers beat writer. Before that, he covered the 49ers for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in 2010. Since he began his career in journalism in 1997 in Logansport, Ind., he’s covered events ranging from archery tournaments to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
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