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Lions Pick Up TE Eric Ebron’s Fifth-Year Option

The Detroit Lions announced that they’ve picked up TE Eric Ebron’s fifth-year option.

The fifth-year option will run the Lions around $8,250,000 for the 2018 season, according to Joel Corry, but is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.

Ebron, 24, was taken with the No. 10 overall pick by the Lions back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $12.249 million rookie contract and set to make a base salary of $1,590,337 for the 2016 season.

In 2016, Ebron appeared in 13 games for the Lions and caught 61 passes for 711 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He also added one carry for one yard rushing and a touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 49 tight end out of 63 qualifying players.