As the trade deadline approached during the 2017 season, Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron was one of the most talked about candidates to get shipped off. Nothing ever came of the trade rumors, and Ebron went on have an impressive last two months of the season.
However, it appears those trade rumors are flaring up again, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Lions were fielding trade proposals as recently as during last week’s NFL Combine:
A name to watch in coming days: Lions’ TE Eric Ebron, whose name surfaced in trade discussions at last weekend’s combine, per league source. Lions were listening.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2018
Throughout the offseason, general manager Bob Quinn has insisted that Ebron will be on the team in 2018. Just last week when asked if Ebron will be on the roster, Quinn responded, “Yeah, he’s here.”
But if the Lions were to trade Ebron, it would save them $8.25 million in cap space. That’s a hefty figure for a player whose production has been as inconsistent as Ebron’s has been in his four seasons, but the Lions don’t have much in terms of a replacement for the polarizing tight end. Rookie tight end Michael Roberts is coming off a year in which he didn’t contribute much and was benched in the finale for missing a meeting. Also, versatile tight end Darren Fells is set to become an unrestricted free agent in a week.
Ebron has been the target of these rumors for some time now, but this is the first time a credible source like Schefter has given credence to the talk. We’ll see if the Lions find an offer they like in the upcoming weeks.
Update: Eric Ebron responded to the rumors on Twitter: