The Eric Ebron saga is Detroit is officially over. The former first-round tight end will be a member of the Indianapolis Colts, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and later confirmed by the Colts themselves:
We have signed TE Eric Ebron: https://t.co/pOOutoK6qH— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 20, 2018
Welcome to the family, @Ebron85! pic.twitter.com/nZJwwiVygx
Ebron visited the Colts after a visit with the Carolina Panthers over the weekend. The Colts likely offered him a better opportunity, as the Panthers already have Greg Olsen on the roster.
As for compensation, Schefter is reporting that the deal is for two years and a maximum value of $15 million. That appears to be less than what Ebron would have made if he stayed in Detroit on the one-year, $8.25 million left on his rookie contract. Schefter’s wording also seems to indicate that Ebron’s contract is full of incentives, essentially making this a prove-it deal for Ebron.
While Ebron’s time with the Lions was bumpy, at best, we wish him the best in Indianapolis.
UPDATE: Ebron had some parting words for the Lions while simultaneously not technically saying anything:
(Ebron cont'd): "I’m really thankful for them blessing me with an opportunity to play. But I really have nothing to say about the organization."— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) March 20, 2018