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Saturday open thread: Will the Detroit Lions trade Eric Ebron?

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It’s been a few days now. Still nothing.

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It has now been three days since ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke news that the Detroit Lions were listening to trade offers for tight end Eric Ebron. While the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns have agreed to several trades each over the past couple weeks, the Lions have remained dormant.

On Friday, ESPN dropped another report saying that Ebron was notified by the team that they’re open to finding a trade partner for him. But by the end of the day, despite a busy 24 hours from the rest of the NFL, there were still no transactions by the Lions.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you think the Detroit Lions will end up trading Eric Ebron?

My answer: I think they will, but I’m not very confident in my answer. There is clearly some interest from other teams, otherwise there would be no reports that the Lions are listening to offers. The Lions are also very clearly open to trading the player.

The big impediment clearly seems to be compensation terms. The Lions likely have a bar firmly set as to what they want in return for Ebron. Clearly those terms have yet to be matched. But as we get closer to the start of the new year, the Lions are going to want that deal done as soon as possible to get that extra $8.25 million in cap space for player acquisition. Once the league year starts, every team must remain under the salary cap, and if the Lions plan on being aggressive in free agency, they may need that extra space to do so.

So in the end, I think this is a case of “deadlines spur action,” as former Packers executive Andrew Brandt would put it. As we get closer to Thursday, the Lions, and whoever they decide to deal with, will cede more ground to get the trade completed before free agency opens up.

All that being said, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Lions ended up biting the bullet and keeping Ebron for one more year. At this point, I just feel a little stronger that a deal will get done.

Your turn.


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