Detroit Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron was asked his opinion on some matters regarding Jimmy Graham‘s contract situation last week. Being a good interviewee, Ebron answered with some honest thoughts regarding how modern tight ends are used and compensated today.
There wasn’t anything brash or inflamitory in what Ebron had to say but because it’s the internet, people had opinions on opinions. Here are a couple that caught my eye in particular.
Eric Ebron is a rookie who hasn't play a down of NFL football. His opinion on the Graham issue is meaningless.
— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) June 24, 2014
#Lions Eric Ebron better take league by storm. Introduction wanted to be referred to as Optimus Prime & now has CBA Opinions. Maturity Issue
— NFL_DRAFT_Bites (@NFLDraftBites) June 24, 2014
There is no denying that tight ends like Graham don’t fit the traditional tight end mold. Should Ebron turn into the player the Lions hope, how the two sides approach the next contract will likely be determined by what happens between Graham and the New Orleans Saints. As such, Ebron is interested in what happens, and rightfully so.
The fact that Ebron is just a rookie and hasn’t yet played a down in the NFL is irrelevant. No one would criticize a college student taking interest in where salaries in their chosen field of study are headed. There are entire websites devoted to comparing salaries within a given field and I’m willing to be that anyone who uses one is interested in that top number. We shouldn’t expect Ebron to be any different.