Wide Receiver Marvin Jones agrees to join the Detroit Lions
He’s not a replacement for Lions legend and recent retiree Calvin Johnson, but they have started to re-stock the wide receiver position in Detroit, agreeing to terms with former Cincinnati Bengal Marvin Jones. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed the news, with the deal to be signed once the league year officially opens at 4pm ET, 9pm UK time, and is expected to be in the region of $8m per year. The details of how many years that entails will no doubt be revealed once pen is put to paper shortly. In what is a fairly weak group of free agent wide receivers in the 2016 version of free agency, Marvin Jones’ name has been a popular one to be linked with multiple teams in need at the position. Most frequently, he tended to be matched up with joining Hue Jackson, the former offensive coordinator of the team he is leaving and new head coach of the Cleveland Browns, which would keep him in-state. Instead, he’ll be teaming up with Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate as part of a very different looking Lions offensive passing game from years past. A fifth round pick of the Bengals in 2012, no. 166 overall, Jones has been a reliable piece in a stacked receiving core in Cincinnati, led by A.J. Green, with fellow free agent Mohammed Sanu and tight end Tyler Eifert also demanding targets. Despite the competition, Jones has put up good numbers, setting career highs in 2015 in both receptions (65) and yards (816), a great return after missing all of the 2014 season with ankle and foot injuries. He could have an opportunity for a more prominent role to finally become a 1,000 yard a season type of receiver, depending on the role he takes on. Golden Tate will also see this as an opportunity to prove his potential as a true number one.