Eric Ebron: Released at last second

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2018

In the last several days, the Detroit Lions have been edging toward moving on from veteran tight end Eric Ebron with the conversation centered on finding a suitable trade for him. The team announced on Wednesday that it is releasing the former first-round pick after failing to find a trade partner ahead of the start of free agency.

However, this move might not be cause for celebration given the Lions are now lacking in the tight end department. It was also reported that the Lions made last-ditch efforts to find a possible trade destination for Ebron during this year's National Football League combine, which they were unable to do. However, that wasn't necessarily the case as he played in 16 games last season for the first time in his career. He caught 53 of 86 targets for 574 yards (6.7 YPT) and four touchdowns, failing to build on a 2016 campaign in which he had 711 receiving yards in 13 games. "I think Eric really, the last seven, eight weeks of the season really, kind of turned it on", Lions general manager Bob Quinn told in January. The Niners acquired fellow Mayhew first-rounder OG Laken Tomlinson past year and could kick the tires on Ebron without sacrificing any 2018 draft capital.

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