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NFL free agency: Detroit Lions cut former 1st-round pick Eric Ebron

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The Lions have decided to cut Eric Ebron and save $8.25 million.

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In somewhat shocking news, the Detroit Lions have decided to completely part ways with Eric Ebron. After going a couple weeks without finding at trade partner. The Lions have simply cut the former first-round pick:

The move will end up saving the Lions $8.25 million in cap space, but will leave Detroit with a gaping hole at tight end.

Ebron’s career in Detroit ends after a tumultuous four years in Detroit. The former first-round pick struggled with drops over the first three years of his career, permanently souring his relationship with fans. Regardless, the Lions opted to exercise his fifth-year option in 2017, worth $8.25 million for the 2018 season.

In 2017, the drops seemed to decline, but his production was slow in the first couples months. After the Lions first started toying with the idea of a trade at the deadline in 2017, Ebron turned his season around and finally matched the production many believed he was capable.

However, it wasn’t enough to convince Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia to be worth the oversized cap hit in 2018. Now the Lions are in a very interesting situation. They have enough cap space to make a serious move, but they are also sporting a roster with Michael Roberts and Hakeem Valles as their two top tight ends. Their No. 2 tight end from 2017, Darren Fells, has also agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns.