Draft could impact Lions’ decision on Eric Ebron contract option

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Like all the players selected in the first round of the 2014 draft, Lions tight end Eric Ebron had a fifth-year option tacked onto the back end of his rookie contract.

The Lions’ decision about whether to pick it up or not may come down to whether they spend another high pick on a tight end this year. During a pre-draft press conference on Thursday, Lions General Manager Bob Quinn included tight end among the deepest position groups in this year’s draft and said that selecting one could impact their ultimate call on Ebron’s option.

“It’s a possibility,” Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. “We’re still in the process of evaluating Eric’s situation. … It’s just something we’ve talked very little about over the past couple months and the deadline’s coming up in two weeks, so we’ll spend the next two weeks discussing it and we’ll kind of see how it goes.”

It doesn’t take a lot to connect the dots between the Lions and Miami tight end David Njoku, who was recruited to the school when Lions tight ends coach Al Golden was the head coach of the Hurricanes. With the 21st pick, however, there’s a lot to unfold before the Lions will know who is available come April 27.

10 responses to “Draft could impact Lions’ decision on Eric Ebron contract option

  1. Ebron has been steadily improving every year (in one of the hardest positions for young players to learn in the NFL) and without Boldin taking all his red zone targets he’s lined up for a Pro-bowl type year.

    This is 100% smoke….Lions are drafting defense in rd 1.

  2. STOP with first round tight ends! Pettigrew had very little impact overall for us and is currently a free agent, i.e. scrap heap.

    Then somehow Ebron gets selected in the first round and was a straight clown with stone hands his first year and has been only marginally better since.

    Let’s do it again is your thinking? No way. That is ala the Millen years of taking a first round WR every year for what seemed like a decade and only one of them panning out.

  3. I’ve seen every snap of play from Ebron…. I don’t care what happens in the draft, he isn’t an 8M dollar player, period. No chance that options gets picked up.

  4. Ebron has continually disappointed. With my brilliant hindsight, he was never first round material.

    He’s just another guy. Let him go and find someone else.

    While a great tight end is a nice to have for the passing game, the real offensive need is a running back to take pressure off Stafford and provide a change of pace.

    80 % pass and 20 % run does not work if the run never gains yardage. The D adapts and stops your passing attack.

  5. groleo45 says:
    Ebron has been steadily improving every year . . .

    waynefontesismyfather says:
    . . . Ebron . . . was a straight clown with stone hands his first year and has been only marginally better since.


    Two Lions fans, two somewhat different takes on the same player. It just goes to show you that people see, or at least frame what they see in order to fit their own narrative.
    For the record, I tend to agree most with the second poster — for whatever that’s worth (which is to say, not a whole lot).

  6. dregonspengler says:

    groleo45 says:
    Ebron has been steadily improving every year . . .

    waynefontesismyfather says:
    . . . Ebron . . . was a straight clown with stone hands his first year and has been only marginally better since.

    Two Lions fans, two somewhat different takes on the same player. It just goes to show you that people see, or at least frame what they see in order to fit their own narrative.
    For the record, I tend to agree most with the second poster — for whatever that’s worth (which is to say, not a whole lot).

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    Yeah, 1 TD last year certainly isn’t a steady improvement like the other guy said. Ebron is a pedestrian talent that never should have sniffed the first round.

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