The Lions have decided 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.
ESPN reported that Detroit was unable to find a trade partner for the 24-year-old and will instead hit the tight end market. He was set to make $8.25 million with the Lions, but Ebron has not lived up to expectations after going as the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Ebron struggled his rookie season with only 25 catches for 248 yards. He had an 8.3 percent drop rate and only one touchdown.
The New Jersey native had a strong 2016 season with career-highs in receptions (61) and yards (711), leaving many to think he would have a breakout year in 2017. However, that wasn't necessarily the case as he played in 16 games last season for the first time in his career.
He was in trade conversations around the deadline last season, but nothing came through. Ebron finished the season as the Lions' No. 3 receiver with 53 catches and 574 yards.
With this move, the Lions currently only have two tight ends on their roster with Michael Roberts, who was a fourth-round pick last season, and Hakeem Valles, who spent most of last year on the practice squad.