Lions release tight end Eric Ebron

March 14, 2018 GMT

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions released tight end Eric Ebron on Wednesday, hours before the start of the new league year.

Ebron, a former first-round pick in 2014, was set to earn $8.25 million in 2018, playing on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

The Lions reportedly explored trade offers last week, but apparently didn’t find any takers for the 24-year-old tight end. The team also shopped him prior to the trading deadline last season.

In four seasons with the Lions, Ebron caught 186 passes for 2,070 yards and 11 touchdowns.

His departure leaves the Lions with just one tight end on the roster who played snaps for the team last season, second-year player Michael Roberts. Veteran Darren Fells, another key part of last year’s rotation, agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.