The Detroit Lions announced on Wednesday that they released tight end Eric Ebron, just four seasons after making him the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft. 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.
During his time in Detroit, Ebron has underachieved, to say the least. He'll hit the open market coming off a strong run to close out 2017, though even the hot streak wasn't enough to make his year-long stat line look good. But his struggles with injuries are legendary, having started just 30 games in five seasons despite breaking out as a first-round rookie in 2013. "I think Eric really, the last seven, eight weeks of the season really, kind of turned it on", Lions general manager Bob Quinn told ESPN.com in January.
In 2014 Ebron was selected 10th overall and was picked ahead of superstars, Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald.
Ebron, 24, registered 186 receptions, 2,070 yards and 12 total touchdowns in his Lions' career. The Niners acquired fellow Mayhew first-rounder OG Laken Tomlinson previous year and could kick the tires on Ebron without sacrificing any 2018 draft capital.