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Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron may be on trade block

The Detroit Lions are reportedly listening to trade offers for their former 10th overall pick, tight end Eric Ebron.

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According to Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions are listening to trade offers for tight end Eric Ebron. The former 10th pick overall in the 2014 NFL Draft has generally been a disappointment through his first four seasons, but he is still just 24 years old and could be a “late bloomer” having come out of college at such a young age.

Eric Ebron Career Stats

2017 Lions 53 574 10.8 44 4
2016 Lions 61 711 11.7 61 1
2015 Lions 47 537 11.4 55 5
2014 Lions 25 248 9.9 22 1
Career 186 2,070 11.1 61 11

Despite the lack of elite production in the passing game, Ebron was still the 13th best tight end in the NFL last season according to Pro Football Focus. His overall grade of 75.6 was largely due to his passing grade. He was not very good in the run game grading out at just a 57.3.

Ebron had his fifth-year option picked up by the Lions last year, so if he is traded for he will cost $8.25 million in 2018 and will be a free agent in 2019.

If the Denver Broncos are in the market for a tight end as Mike Klis of 9News suggests, then I wouldn’t want to see anything higher than a mid-late round pick offered. The Broncos have plenty of draft capital, but with Ebron potentially being a free agent after just a year it would be unwise to offer much more than that in a trade.

With the Kirk Cousins question unanswered, I am doubtful the Broncos will pull the trigger on any trades that would chop down their salary cap space by $8.25 million before they have their free agent quarterback questions answered, but this could by something to watch for later in March.


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