On Tuesday, we discussed the Detroit Lions’ best offseason move. While I chose their acquisition of linebacker Devon Kennard, a large majority of people both in the comment section and social media said firing Jim Caldwell and hiring Matt Patricia. It’s pretty clear that Lions fans are completely on board with the Patricia hire, and considering his track record with the Patriots, it’s easy to see why.
But not every move the Lions made this offseason was that popular. There were plenty of times in which Lions fans were puzzled by a move or downright angry. While general manager Bob Quinn still has a very healthy 89 percent approval rating, that waivered a bit during the free agency period.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What was the Lions’ worst offseason move this year?
But no move was more puzzling, to me, than the release of Eric Ebron. I get that Detroit felt Ebron wasn’t worth the $8.25 million for the fifth-year option (that the Lions chose to exercise last year), but I don’t really think what the Lions got out of that cap space was any better than what they would’ve had with Ebron for one more season.
Not only was Ebron finally catching on toward the end of last season, but the Lions could’ve cashed in next year with a compensatory pick, seeing as Ebron was a fairly hot commodity in free agency. Because the Lions released him (and couldn’t trade him), they got no compensation for, at the very least, an average starting tight end.
Of course, there could have very well been some ugliness behind the scenes that forced the Lions’ hands. There were rumors that Ebron basically sabotaged any efforts to trade him, which would completely justify the Lions’ decision to cut him.
Still, it’s hard to get excited about the Lions’ current tight end situation knowing that the Lions already had someone better than everyone else on the roster.