2018 NFL free agents: Lions cut TE Eric Ebron, sending him to open market

Eric Ebron would fill a need for the Dolphins. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins need to land a tight end in this year’s free agent class, and a viable option just hit the market.

In a group that was limited to begin with, then saw Jimmy Graham and Trey Burton snatched up quickly, Detroit’s Eric Ebron might be the best available tight end. The Lions cut him today, making him an unrestricted free agent about an hour before players can sign.

Miami is currently extremely thin at tight end and faces an unpredictable NFL Draft if it hopes to land one there. For a look at their situation at the position, click here.

Ebron turns 25 next month, which would make him the youngest tight end on Miami’s roster other than seldom-used Thomas Duarte, and he’s had three decent seasons in Detroit since being drafted No. 10 overall in 2014.

He caught 53 passes for 574 yards and four touchdowns last year. That’s not overwhelming, but it’s better than any Dolphin tight end has played in the last three seasons.

Ebron wasn’t an instant hit, but after his rookie year he averaged 54 receptions, 607 yards and three touchdowns the next three seasons.

One concern is his hands. He caught 61.6 percent of his targets last year and is at 64.6 percent for his career. Among tight ends with at least 40 targets last season, 22 had a higher catch percentage than Ebron.

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