Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Lions to release former top-10 pick Eric Ebron

Lions to release former top-10 pick Eric Ebron

The Lions have chose to part ways with tight end Eric Ebron after four seasons, the team announced Wednesday, less than an hour before free agency was set to begin.

Still only 24 years old and with a tremendous amount of upside, there's going to be a strong market for Ebron's services. He has put up 114 receptions for 1,285 yards over the past two seasons.

Ebron, who played for three seasons at North Carolina, was drafted by the Lions in the first round (10th overall) in 2014. The decision to cut Ebron now opens up $8.2 million of salary cap space for the Detroit front office to work with to possibly look to acquire additional talent at the position or address other areas of need.

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Ebron is coming off a 2017 season where he had a notable dip in production, recording 53 catches for 574 receiving yards and four touchdowns. "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. But his struggles with injuries are legendary, having started just 30 games in five seasons despite breaking out as a first-round rookie in 2013.

With this move, the Lions now only have two tight ends on their roster with Michael Roberts, who was a fourth-round pick last season, and Hakeem Valles, who spent most of previous year on the practice squad.

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