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Report: Lions TE Eric Ebron ‘almost surely’ to be traded

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The former first-round pick has apparently fallen out of favor in Detroit.

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With the NFL trade deadline less than 48 hours away, many players have seen their names cross the rumor mill. For the Detroit Lions, no candidate to be traded is more polarizing than tight end Eric Ebron, a player who has failed to meet expectations since being drafted in 2014.

Prior to Sunday night’s matchup against the Steelers, Mike Florio reported that the Lions will “almost surely” trade Ebron prior to the deadline at 4 p.m. ET this Tuesday. While this is just one report, that strong of language is uncommon at this stage of the year.

Ebron has once again struggled to make a significant impact, hauling in just 13 catches this season with one touchdown. Over his four-year career with the Lions, Ebron has made more headlines for drops than his contributions on offense. He is under contract through next season after the Lions exercised his fifth-year option, but it is not unreasonable to believe that they are ready to move on.

Free agent addition Darren Fells has been a fine addition to the Detroit roster so far this season, hauling in three touchdowns. He and rookie Michael Roberts give the Lions a couple of reliable options at the tight end position should they decide to move on from Ebron.