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Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions tight end  Eric Ebron had 61 catches for 711 yards this season.

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions still haven’t decided if the team is going to pick up tight end Eric Ebron’s fifth-year option.

The team has until May to make its decision, which would guarantee Ebron a one-year salary in 2018 at the average of the top 10 players at his position.  As it currently stands, it would be approximately $8.5 million.

“No, I mean that doesn’t have to come until I think May 2 is the day on my radar, but way down,” general manager Bob Quinn said.

Ebron continued to show growth in some areas of his game, namely his per game production as a pass catcher, but continued to struggle with drops. He let seven throws slip through his fingers during the regular season and two more in the wild-card loss to Seattle last weekend.

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He also continued to struggle staying healthy, missing three games due to injury. He’s missed at least two all three seasons.

“Eric had a productive year,” Quinn said. “He battled through the preseason injury that he had, I think it was at the mock game at Ford Field. Then he had a couple other things that he worked through. I think Eric was probably his healthiest the last month of the season and that’s the kind of player that Eric can be if he can be out there.”

Ebron finished with 61 receptions for 711 yards and one touchdown. He set career-highs with eight catches for 93 yards in a Monday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys late last month.

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