The Detroit Lions might finally give up on the Eric Ebron experience. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that teams have been calling Detroit about a potential trade for the enigmatic tight end ahead of Tuesday's deadline. Lions general manager Bob Quinn picked up the fifth-year option on Ebron in May, which keeps the former first-round pick under contract for 2018, paying roughly $8.25 million. The club option is guaranteed for injury only. Detroit or any team trading for Ebron could get out of the hefty pay raise if the tight end can pass a physical before the next league year opens. A top-10 pick by ex-Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, Ebron has been a disappointment through four seasons, failing to live up to the draft status. It's not the tight end's fault he was selected ahead of the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. or Aaron Donald. A propensity for drops and inconsistencies on routes, however, are on the 24-year-old. A change of scenery could be beneficial for Ebron, who has admitted to being "in the dumps" this season after early-season struggles continued in what he believed would be a breakout campaign.
Lions' Eric Ebron drawing trade interest from NFL teams
NFL.com | Oct 29