The Detroit Lions now have their entire 2014 draft class under contract with the news that Eric Ebron has signed. The news broke on Ebron’s twitter account, accompanies by a photo of him putting ink to paper.
— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) June 13, 2014
Rookie holdouts are a thing of the past with the new contract/compensation structure that was put in place as a result of the current collective bargaining agreement. Ebron lagging his fellow members of the Lions 2014 draft class in signing his deal was simply due to the Lions’ tight position up against the salary cap.
The team started the day with less than $750,000 in salary cap space per the NFLPA’s public cap report – not enough to sign Ebron to the deal due to him as the tenth overall pick in last month’s draft. It wasn’t immediately known how the Lions freed up the cap space to do it but a teammate must have restructured or extended his contract to allow the Lions to massage their current cap standing. [UPDATE: Detroit Lions Find Shocking Way to Free Cap Space]
The Lions concluded their mandatory minicamp yesterday and will now take a break until reconvening for training camp in July. With Ebron under contract, the major offseason work is now complete.