The Detroit Lions are still dealing with the fallout from Eric Ebron’s release and the resulting crater at tight end. So far, they’ve brought in veteran Brent Celek and Seattle’s Luke Willson.
Well, you can add another name to the list, because according to ESPN’s Field Yates, Detroit brought in former 49ers tight end Logan Paulsen:
Source: the Lions hosted free agent TE Logan Paulsen for a visit. Looking to add depth with the release of Eric Ebron, departure of Darren Fells.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 19, 2018
Paulsen spent 14 games with the 49ers in 2017, mostly being utilized as a blocker. In fact, he did not make a single catch all year. However, Paulsen’s most notable days came from his five-year career with Washington after going undrafted in 2010. There, he made 42 starts, caught 79 passes for 801 yards and six touchdowns.
If the Lions were to sign Paulsen, he wouldn’t be there to replace Eric Ebron. He’d be there to replace Darren Fells, who the Lions lost to free agency when the veteran tight end signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Browns.
Paulsen, 31, is a pure blocker at his age, though his career appears to be on the decline. He earned just a 50.3 overall grade in 2017, per Pro Football Focus. The year before, however, Paulsen was a top 10 run-blocking tight end.
Even if the Lions do end up signing Paulsen, tight end would remain a fairly big need, unless Detroit is expecting Michael Roberts to make a big jump from his rookie year. Don’t be surprised to see the Lions continue to be active in their tight end search.