Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook: Eagles Punter and Ex-Ram Jones Retiring after 14 NFL Seasons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook: Eagles Punter and Ex-Ram Jones Retiring after 14 NFL Seasons

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Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones has retired after 14 seasons in the NFL.

Jones made the announcement on Tuesday.

Jones played for Seattle, Miami, the St. Louis Rams (2007-11) and Houston before joining Philadelphia in 2013. He set the record for most regular-season games played by an Eagles punter (80). He finishes his career with the third-longest consecutive-games-played streak (208) behind only Texans punter Shane Lechler (254) and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (235).

"Although I am retiring, I will always be an Eagle and will forever have a special place in my heart for the city of Philadelphia," Jones said.

"It is a great honor to be a part of the first Super Bowl championship team in Eagles history and there is no better way to finish my career."

Lions franchise Ansah * The Detroit Lions have designated defensive end Ziggy Ansah as their franchise player.

The Lions announced the decision Tuesday. Ansah, a first-round draft pick in 2013, has 44 sacks in five years with Detroit, including 12 this past season.

Ansah hasn't played a full 16 games since the 2015 season, but while his health has been an issue, he can still be an elite pass rusher. He had three sacks in a game three times last season, against the Giants, Bengals and Packers.

The franchise tag buys the Lions and Ansah until mid-July to reach agreement on a long-term contract. Otherwise, he'll play on a one-year deal and make the average of the top five players at his position in 2018.

Ansah missed two games with a back problem last season and disappeared for long stretches, but he had six sacks in the final two games and tied for eighth in the league in that category.

Ansah had a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2015, then struggled through a high ankle sprain the following season. He had just two sacks in 2016, then missed most of training camp last season with a knee injury. …

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