With questions swirling about whether the Lions would go through with the $8 million option for Eric Ebron in 2018, GM Bob Quinn said the tight end would remain under contract. He re-affirmed that position last week at the combine too.

The Lions don't want to cut their former first-round pick.

But they're also apparently open to moving him.

ESPN is reporting Detroit entertained trade discussions -- plural -- for Ebron during the NFL combine. This is at least the second time in four months they've mulled whether to move the former first-round pick.

Ebron has improved in his four years with Detroit, but was mired in a deep funk to open last season. Through seven games, he had just 15 catches (on 32 targets) for 160 yards and one touchdown. He was also dropping the ball 16.7 percent of the time, which led all tight ends according to ProFootballFocus.

So fans were calling for him to be traded, and Ebron was indeed put on the block. Quinn listened to multiple offers, too. But nobody met his asking price, and he elected to hang on to Ebron instead. And that move proved to be the right one, because Ebron finished the season as one of the five hottest tight ends in the league