After four seasons, the Detroit Lions cut TE Eric Ebron Wednesday afternoon.

The Lions drafted Eric Ebron with the tenth overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Despite showing flashes of promise, Ebron never quite molded into Detroit's tight end of the future. The Lions cut previous leading tight end Brandon Pettigrew late in the 2016 season, clearing the path for Ebron to take over.

Ebron's pass-catching ability made him attractive to Detroit. In terms of tight end receptions by age 24, Ebron ranks fifth all-time.

His inability to hold on to the ball in key situations and his spat with the Lions fan-base last season likely led to his downfall.

Last season, Ebron was quoted saying, "I'll never make this fan base happy, which is cool with me."

According to Ian Rappoport, the Lions initially wanted to trade Ebron before cutting him.

In the final six games of last season, Ebron hauled in 29 of 40 targets, including two TD catches.

Going forward, it's unclear who will fill the Lions lead tight end role.

Darren Fells already signed a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile big name TE free agents Jimmy Graham and Trey Burton already reached deals.

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