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Friday, June 13, 2014
Eric Ebron signs his rookie deal with Lions

By Michael Rothstein

The Detroit Lions now have all their draft picks signed.

Tight end Eric Ebron, the team's first round pick in May's draft, officially inked his four-year rookie contract on Friday, the final draft pick to come to terms with the team.

Terms were not immediately disclosed on Ebron's deal, which will have a fifth-year option the team can choose to pick up for the 2018 season.

To sign Ebron, the Lions likely restructured the contract of at least one veteran to fit him in under the cap. Detroit had a little over $1 million in cap space before Ebron's signing and that would not have been enough to land him.

Last year's No. 10 pick, Tennessee offensive lineman Chance Warmack, had all four years of his contract guaranteed plus a $7,228,472 signing bonus, giving him $9,388,472 in guaranteed money. He also had roster bonuses attached to his deal.

Expect for Ebron to get something similar. Considering the way the Lions did second-round pick Kyle Van Noy's deal, they gave him roster and workout bonuses totaling $300,000. Ebron's bonus incentives will likely be much higher than that.

Ebron spent most of spring workouts backing up Joseph Fauria at tight end as he learns the Detroit offense. He is expected to be a starter in the fall.