At North Carolina, Eric Ebron set school records for tight ends for single-season catches (55) and career catches (105). (Detroit News / Daniel Mears)
Eric Ebron is considering how his social media presence might affect his future earnings.
Within the past few days, the Lions’ first-round pick changed his Twitter biography from “Tight End For The Detroit Lions” to “Pass Catcher For The Detroit Lions,” something that could actually impact contract negotiations in the future.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham recently lost an arbitration hearing in which he argued that he should get the franchise tag as a receiver.
Although Graham has numbers rivaling the NFL’s top receivers and lines up as a receiver more than a tight end, he lost the ruling, and his Twitter bio was listed in the ruling from arbitrator Stephen Burback.
“Mr. Graham refers to himself as a tight end in social media that he controls (Twitter and Facebook), and his agents do so as well,” the ruling said.
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron changed his bio to say “pass catcher” immediately after the ruling.
The decision in Graham’s case ultimately gave the Saints a bit of leverage in negotiations for a long-term contract, and the two sides agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal this week.
Ebron, the 10th overall pick in May’s draft, said recently he expects to line up in the slot about 50 percent of the time during his rookie season. Ebron and the Lions hope he can impact the game similarly to Graham, who had 86 catches for 1,215 yards and an NFL-best 16 touchdowns last season.
And when it’s time for his second contract in four or five years, Ebron’s description of himself could in part determine just how much he makes.