The Detroit Lions are stumbling. After a great start to the season, the 3-1 Lions are now sitting at 3-4 and slowly falling out of playoff contention. The offense has been hit-and-miss at best, and one player that is catching a lot of the heat is tight end, Eric Ebron.

The former first-round selection out of North Carolina has underachieved this season and he has seemingly become the scapegoat for the offensive woes in Motown. Ebron has dropped several passes, many in key situations, yet the third year TE isn’t worried if he gets traded or not.

Ebron’s days numbered?

NFL.com reported that Ebron isn't fretting if his name is being swirled around the trade rumor mill as the NFL heads toward Tuesday's deadline.

Following yesterday’s loss (Oct. 29) vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ebron said he can’t control what the Lions do."I mean, it is what it is," Ebron said, via the Detroit News.

"They got till Tuesday. It's a business. If they feel like they want to cut ties with me, then they cut ties. If they feel like they can continue to use me and my skills and my abilities, then, [expletive], let's do it."

Detroit GM Bob Quinn was not in Motown as part of the administration that selected Ebron as the No. 10 overall pick back in 2014. Back then, the Lions passed over several stars, including Odell Beckham, Jr. and Aaron Donald. It is hard to know what Detroit could land for Ebron, but if he isn’t part of Quinn’s big plan, he may be gone either way.

Ebron may be headed to Quinn's old team the New England Patriots, who are rumored to be interested a tight end and wideout due to injuries.

Patriots interested in Martavis Bryant?

Another name that won’t leave the NFL trade rumor mill is Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant. Bryant has apparently fallen out of good graces with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and the rumors of him being dealt away have been swirling strongly for several weeks now.

Ian Rapoport indicated yesterday that the Patriots were very much interested in the young wideout, and as Rapoport had mentioned, this trade could make sense for both sides. Losing Julian Edelman for the season due to a torn ACL has left the Patriots a bit shorthanded. Bryant would be a great fit for Brady on offense, and it seems most players who are struggling usually catch fire when they are dealt to New England.

So far in 2017, Bryant has just 18 catches for 234 yards and one touchdown through the first seven games of the campaign. A deal with New England could be a "win-win" for both sides, especially if the Steelers have seen enough of Bryant in the Black and Gold.