Lions to release former top-10 pick Eric Ebron

The Eric Ebron era in Detroit is over

The Eric Ebron era in Detroit is over

The Lions have made a decision to part ways with tight end Eric Ebron after four seasons, the team announced Wednesday, less than an hour before free agency was set to begin. The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions tried to trade Ebron before making the move, but ultimately released him and saved $8.25 million in the process. However, the North Carolina product's hands seemed to get worse last season, when he managed just a 61.6 percent catch rate - the worst since his rookie season - with many of his drops coming in high-leverage moments.

Still only 24 years old and with a tremendous amount of upside, there's going to be a strong market for Ebron's services.

He was in trade conversations around the deadline last season, but nothing came through.

Through his first four years seasons in Detroit, he had become a fixture in the passing game as one of the reliable options for Pro Bowl quarterback Matthew Stafford.

In 2014 Ebron was selected 10th overall and was picked ahead of superstars, Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald. He caught 53 of 86 targets for 574 yards (6.7 YPT) and four touchdowns, failing to build on a 2016 campaign in which he had 711 receiving yards in 13 games. Roberts was drafted last season out of Toledo, in the fourth round.