Colts Sign Former Lions First-Round Pick Eric Ebron

Carla Harmon
March 21, 2018

Ebron can earn up to $15 million over the course of the deal; it's a nice haul for the former No. 10 overall pick who was cut by the Lions last week before his $8 million-plus salary became guaranteed.

Ebron, who spent three years at the Detroit Lions, signed a two-year deal with the Colts that carries a maximum value of United States $15m, according to ESPN.


"The first team is always the one that catches your attention, because they're the ones that think highly of you", Ebron told Colts.com moments after signing his contract.

Ebron was drafted by the Lions in 2014 and has spent his entire career in Detroit.


If Luck is healthy, Ebron could be a big factor for the Colts in 2018. But Ebron struggled early in his career and has been bugged by injuries. Drops have been an issue for Ebron his entire career; he has a career drop rate of 7.3 percent, although he has improved on it over the past two seasons as he has worked into Detroit's offense more. It was believed that 2017 would finally be his breakout year, but that didn't turn out to be the case in the first half. Ebron totaled two touchdowns (one receiving and one rushing). But he also has to start alongside fellow tight end Jack Doyle, who's coming off a productive season in his own right: 80 catches, 690 yards and 4 touchdowns. 11-13. The Lions now need a tight end.


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