By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Detroit Lions have released tight end, Eric Ebron. The franchise released Ebron after they failed to find a trade partner.
The Lions also attempted to trade Ebron at the trade deadline last season. However, again, they failed to find a trade partner, so he remained with the team.
Detroit saves $8 million by making this move. Ebron has not turned 25-years-old yet, but he’s been an enigmatic player thus far in his career.
He failed to live up to the expectations of being the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Lions passed on some heavy hitters in tackle Taylor Lewan, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and defensive tackle Aaron Donald to draft Ebron.
Lewan, Beckham Jr., and Donald were the No. 11 through No. 13th overall picks in that year’s draft. Now, without Ebron, the Lions are in need of a tight end.
This past season in 16 games, including nine starts, he had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns.
His best season came in 2016 when he had a career season. He had 61 receptions for 711 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Philadelphia Eagles, who need a backup tight end with Brent Celek and Trey Burton leaving, may consider signing Ebron if he’s willing to take a one-year, prove-it deal.
Despite struggling, Ebron was the third-best receiver on the Lions in terms of stats. He only trailed Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr., who both surpassed 1,000-yards.
Jones Jr. led the team with 1,101 yards, while Tate had 1,003 yards.
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