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NFL rumors: 49ers hosting Ziggy Ansah for physical, coronavirus test

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The rich reportedly could be getting richer.

Former Pro Bowl defensive end Ziggy Ansah met with the 49ers for a physical and coronavirus test Tuesday morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapaport reported, citing sources.

The 49ers boasted one of the NFL's strongest pass rushes last season, tying for fifth in the NFL with 48 sacks. San Francisco sacked opposing quarterbacks on 8.5 percent of pass attempts in 2019, good for third in the league. Quite a bit of that production went to Indianapolis when the 49ers traded defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (7.5 sacks in 2019) to the Colts earlier in the offseason, but Ansah is an intriguing flyer to help bridge that gap.

Ansah finished in the top 10 in sacks in 2015 (14.5) and 2017 (12.0), making the Pro Bowl in the former season. The 31-year-old recorded just 2.5 sacks last year with the Seattle Seahawks, and he has struggled to reach his previous status while battling multiple injuries. In that sense, Ansah would fit the mold of recently signed tight end Jordan Reed: Adding low-risk, high-reward depth and experience to a position of strength.

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The 49ers' reported interest in Ansah and fellow edge rusher Dion Jordan shows they think there's room to improve their pass-rushing depth.

 

Ansah isn't guaranteed to sign with the 49ers, let alone make the team in training camp. If he does and comes close to rediscovering his old form, the 49ers' already formidable pass rush could be even deeper in 2020.

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