Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron speaks at a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Rumors: Eric Ebron a possible replacement for Tony Gonzalez with Atlanta Falcons?


With the NFL Free Agency period now underway, one of the more notable movements was the Atlanta Falcons cutting future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, leaving a huge void in the passing game. With the team having the sixth pick in the NFL Draft coming up, there’s a good chance they could look to plug that hole by drafting North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.

And according to Ebron, he wouldn’t be afraid to step into the legend’s shoes.

“I wouldn’t be mad. I’ve been there a few times; it’s a great place. I would love to play for the Falcons. Julio Jones, Roddy White and Matt Ryan — I would love to play with those guys. Those are big shoes to fill, which I’m not afraid of. I can’t walk into the league expecting to be Tony G. I’m just going to compete as hard as I can as myself.”

Some might see it as a stretch to go after a tight end that early in the draft, but some analysts have Ebron most certainly being off the board within the first 10 picks, if not just a bit after. And with this now being an immediate need the Falcons have to fill, it would be a warranted move.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Eric Ebron

  • Brandon

    Tony Gonzalez retired, he was not “released.”

    • Marcus Summerour

      Sure, he’s retired. For that reason, the Falcons could have continued to hold his rights, at no cost or cap charge. But the Falcons did indeed release Tony Gonzalez and if he chooses to “un-retire” then he can sign with whomever he wants.

      • Brandon

        Technically he was released. But he was just hired as a broadcaster and planned retirement. Falcons would have owed him a 3 million dollar roster bonus had the kept his rights.