The Lions have all their rookie draft picks under contract.
“It’s amazing," Ebron said. "All your hard work, everything that you worked for back to playing flag football, it’s just that moment you can’t describe. It’s done. I’m officially a member of an organization, a team and a family. It’s the Detroit Lions.”
Ebron signed a four-year deal worth an estimated $12.2 million with a $7.2 million signing bonus, according to the rookie wage scale. His 2014 cap hit is estimated to be around $2.2 million.
The Lions also have a fifth-year team option that will be worth the average of the salaries of the top 10 players in the league at his position.
The Lions have big plans for their versatile tight end in Joe Lombardi’s offense, expecting him to play a similar role as Jimmy Graham in the New Orleans Saints offense.
“Figuring out the offense, you’ll never be 100 percent, but at least knowing what to do, where to line up and where to be, now I can do the things that got me here,” Ebron said after minicamp practice this week.
He set an ACC and University of North Carolina single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end last year with 973 (passing Vernon Davis, who had 871). He established school records for single-season receptions (62), career receptions (112) and career receiving yards (1,805) for a tight end.
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