The Detroit Lions first-round draft pick, tight end Eric Ebron is the lone draftee that remains unsigned as of Wednesday of this week. With less than $1 million in cap space available, the Lions do not have enough space at this time to sign the former North Carolina Tar Heel, reports MLive.com. The Lions will have some work to do in order to get a deal done for Ebron.
That leaves just Eric Ebron to sign … — Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) June 4, 2014
Available options for the Lions include extending the almost exorbitant contract of defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh who is set to make $22.4 million in 2014. Suh has stated that he would like to remain in Detroit and has instructed his agent, Jimmy Sexton to work on negotiations with the organization. How close the two sides are on terms at this point however, remains unclear.
Head coach Jim Caldwell is hopeful to have Ebron signed before training camp begins.
“We’ll work through it and it’ll get done,” Caldwell told reporters Thursday before appearing at a “Big Brothers Big Sisters” benefit dinner in Kalamazoo. “It will get done when it’s supposed to get done, and hopefully it happens so it doesn’t infringe upon the start of training camp.”
The other option the Lions have is restructuring veteran wide receiver, Calvin Johnson‘s current contract, if an extension with Suh fails to transpire. Johnson is set to count for $13.1 millions against the cap this year.
When Ebron’s deal does eventually occur it will be a four-year deal worth about $12.3 million and count $2.2 million against this year’s cap.