Lions release TE Eric Ebron

TE Darren Fells also gone

Tight end Eric Ebron is no longer with the Lions. The team announced they had released him at 3:10 p.m. today (Wednesday).

Since they apparently couldn’t find a trade partner, they released him an hour before his $8.25 million salary would have been guaranteed. Rumors have been flying that Ebron could be gone, so this is not a huge surprise.

Ebron has a huge personality and questionable hands.

Now the Lions are in the market for two tight ends. Darren Fells has reportedly agreed to a three-year $12 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.

That leaves two tight ends on the roster — Michael Roberts and Hakeem Valles.

Roberts, a fourth-round pick in 2017, had four catches for 46 yards and zero touchdowns in 15 games as a rookie. Roberts showed promise. So we will see. Valles played in one game for the Lions in 2017 and 11 games for the Cardinals in 2016. He hasn’t registered a catch in the NFL.

In 2017 Ebron had 53 catches for 574 yards and four touchdowns. Not a horrible year, but apparently not good enough to keep him around for $8 million-plus.


Ebron, the 10th overall draft pick in 2014, had 186 catches for 2,070 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Lions.




Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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