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Lions Listening to Offers for Tight End Eric Ebron

The Lions fielded a handful of offers for Eric Ebron at the trade deadline last season, and the team apparently is taking phone calls on its polarizing tight end again, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

ESPN reported Tuesday that Ebron’s name “surfaced in trade discussions” at the NFL combine last week, and that the Lions “were listening” to offers.

The Lions first considered dealing Ebron in October, when a handful of teams reached out about his availability, but they ultimately decided against moving a player who finished third on the team in receptions.

Ebron, who got off to a rocky start last year and was booed repeatedly by hometown fans, told at least one teammate at the time that he thought he would be traded.

“If the front office thinks that (I need a fresh start) then we’ll see,” Ebron said at the time. “If not, I’m going to come here, I’m going to strap my Lions helmet on and I’m going to go to work next week just like everybody else and that’s what I plan on doing.”

The 10th pick of the 2014 draft, Ebron has shown flashes of brilliance during his time in Detroit, but he has also had problems with drops and never has endeared himself to fans who can’t forget that he was drafted ahead of Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald.

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