Patriots expected to make a run at Eric Ebron in free agency

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The New England Patriots have had a need at tight end since Rob Gronkowski decided to hang up his cleats and retire. Now, the team may have their eye on a new tight end. That guy would be Eric Ebron, who is set to hit free agency this offseason.

According to a report from Evan Lazar of CLNS Media, the Patriots are expected to make a run at Ebron this offseason when free agency opens.

According to a team source, the Patriots are expected to make a run at former Colts and Lions tight end Eric Ebron when the legal tampering window opens on March 16. 

Needless to say, this is going to be a busy and intriguing offseason for the Patriots and their fans. Tom Brady is set to hit the open market as well and many believe he will actually end up leaving. If that is the case, they will be looking for a new starting quarterback.

Regardless of who the quarterback is, Ebron would be a nice addition. He has had consistency issues throughout his career, including over the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

Back in 2018, Ebron put up monstrous numbers by catching 66 passes for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns. He only caught 31 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.

Obviously, there are some questions about Ebron. Even with those questions, the Patriots should pursue him. His athleticism and ability alone would help the team convince Brady to return for at least another season or two.

If Brady doesn’t re-sign Ebron could be a great security blanket for a young quarterback or another veteran. New England needs more weapons and Ebron could provide a very unique and lethal skill-set for the Patriots.

Expect to hear plenty of rumors about the Patriots this offseason. Ebron could very well be connected to more in the future.