Former TE Eric Ebron rips Chris Ballard, Colts management
It is well documented that Eric Ebron’s tenure with the Indianapolis Colts didn’t have a joyful ending. And the team’s former tight end isn’t holding back in his criticism of general manager Chris Ballard and the Colts’ current management.
“Even if I could ever come back I would in a heartbeat, just not under that management.” – Eric Ebron
— Locked On Colts Podcast (@LockedOnColts) July 2, 2020
Back in 2018, Ebron signed a two-year, $13 million deal with the Colts after spending his first four seasons with the Detroit Lions. In his first season in Indianapolis, Ebron appeared to be a home-run signing for Ballard and company.
The former No. 10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft would haul in a career-best 66 receptions for 750 yards in his debut season with the Colts. Also, he would contribute a whopping 13 touchdowns, finishing second overall between tight ends and wide receivers in touchdowns in 2018. As a result, he would be selected to the first Pro Bowl in his career.
However, in 2019, Ebron’s second year with the Colts was a complete one-eighty from his first season with the team. Early in the 2019 season, Ebron sustained an ankle injury that would hinder him for the entire year.
While he attempted to play through the injury, Ebron would sit out the final five games of the season. Seeing that the Colts were unaware of Ebron’s nagging ailment, Indianapolis believed Ebron had quit on them. After Ebron signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, it was unveiled that Ballard wasn’t fond of how Ebron finished his final year with the Colts.
Regardless of what happened, Ebron says that he would definitely consider returning to Indianapolis. However, he would only consider it under one stipulation—Ballard and the current management aren’t employed by the Colts.