June 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Lions tight end Eric Ebron signs 4-year rookie deal

The Lions selected tight end Eric Ebron out of North Carolina with the 10th overall pick in May's draft. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

Lionsí first-round pick Eric Ebron announced on Twitter he signed his four-year rookie contract Friday.

The Lions selected the tight end from North Carolina with the 10th overall pick in Mayís draft.

ďItís amazing,Ē Ebron said in a statement. ďAll your hard work, everything that you worked for back to playing flag football, itís just that moment you canít describe. Itís done. Iím officially a member of an organization, a team and a family. Itís the Detroit Lions.Ē

Ebronís contract is worth a projected $12.25 million and includes a $7.23 million signing bonus, according to spotrac.com. It will also include a fifth-year team option.

The Lions had about $732,000 in remaining salary cap space at the start of the day, according to the NFL Players Association, so they needed to make a move to fit Ebron's $2.2 million cap hit in the budget. They announced the release of veteran cornerback Chris Houston later Friday, which saved $3.5 million in the 2014 cap.

Ebronís signing means the Lions have all eight of their draft picks under contract.

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