Jun 10, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Sign First-Round Pick Eric Ebron

The Detroit Lions officially wrapped up contract negotiations for the team’s 2014 rookie class on Friday, signing first-round draft pick Eric Ebron to a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year.

Ebron announce his signing with the team on Twitter.

Detroit made Ebron the 10th overall selection last month after he completed his North Carolina career with 112 catches for 1,805 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Lions rookie has joined the team officially the day mini camp concluded.

Listed at 6-feet-4-inches and 245 pounds, Ebron is expected to get significant playing time for the Lions in 2014. He will be competing with veterans Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria for reps in the Lions offense, which is led by new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, formally the quarterbacks coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Lombardi said that the Lions will use Ebron in a similar manner to the way the Saints use Jimmy Graham.

While the financial terms of Ebron’s contract are still unknown, his payout should check in around $12.2 million.

The Lions had just $732,119 in cap space entering Friday. To get Ebron’s more than $2 million cap number for 2014 to clear, the team needed to restructure at least one veteran contract.

Which player(s) restructured should become known in the coming days.

Another high-profile deal that the Lions have yet to seal is with star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who becomes a free agent after this season. Both Suh and the Lions have expressed a desire for Suh to remain in Detroit.

However, whether or not a deal will get done is unclear at this point.

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