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Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron
2014 1st-round pick out of North Carolina
Unrestricted free agent
6-foot-4 | 253 lbs. | 26 years old

The Redskins are a tight end needy team this offseason. Fortunately for them, there will be a collection of intriguing free agents to evaluate at that position, including Greg Olsen, Austin Hooper and Hunter Henry.

Eric Ebron certainly qualifies, too.

On the surface, a 26-year-old former Pro Bowler would seem like someone Washington should absolutely pursue. However, Ebron is a complicated player, one with both major pros and major cons.

Let's start with the pros first.

In 2018, Ebron was a massive problem for opposing defenses, catching 66 passes for 750 yards and, most importantly and impressively, 13 touchdowns. To compare, all of the Redskins' tight ends from the last three years combined for 14 scores. Ebron's had four- and five-TD campaigns in his six-year career, too.

Another pro is that, well, he'd be a big-time upgrade over the other options on Ron Rivera's roster. And while a signing like Olsen or a Day 2 draft pick at the spot may lead the team to rely on more of a committee approach, Ebron would be more of a top-dog, No. 1 target.

If that was the end of his story, then it'd be an easy decision for the Burgundy and Gold. Unfortunately, it's not the end of his story.

In 2019, Ebron failed to follow up his breakthrough 2018. Last year, he had just 31 grabs for 375 yards and three touchdowns. He also ended on injured reserve thanks to an ankle injury.

 

Overall, he's participated in 16 contests just twice in his six seasons in the league. And his production has never really come close to what he did for the Colts when he made the Pro Bowl.

Was 2018 the peak of what'll be an otherwise mediocre to fine time in the NFL? Or was it the start of something special, something that was interrupted by an ankle issue and Andrew Luck's sudden retirement? 

Ultimately, Rivera and Co. will have to consider those questions and evaluate whether Ebron's talent is worth about $7.5 million, a number contract website Spotrac says he's worth, or if his inconsistency is too much to ignore. He's clearly an option, but he's far from the only one.

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