Marvin Jones has agreed to join the Detroit Lions , Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN reports.
One day after Calvin Johnson announced his retirement, the Lions swooped in and grabbed one of the top wide receivers on the free agent market, inking Jones to a deal that will averaged $8 million per year, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Jones will step into the starting wide receiver spot Johnson vacated opposite Golden Tate.
Marvin Jones said he would like to re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals but also noted that he won't take a hometown discount, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Jones missed all of 2014 with a foot injury, but he was productive in both 2013 and 2015 despite playing a complementary role in the Bengals offense. He's one of the top free agents at his position, and with the Cincinnati passing game likely to revolve around A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert for the foreseeable future, Jones can probably find a better contract elsewhere.
Marvin Jones secured four of seven targets for 32 yards in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers.
Jones' modest performance did feature one notable moment, a key fourth-down, nine-yard reception with 2:46 remaining that helped extend a drive that eventually culminated in an A.J. Green touchdown reception. After missing all of 2014 with foot and ankle injuries, Jones encouragingly played in all 16 games in 2015, tallying career highs of 65 receptions, 103 targets and 816 yards. While his red zone production experienced a downturn compared to a 2013 campaign where the fourth-year pro amassed 10 touchdowns, Jones served as an above-average complementary receiver for Andy Dalton this past season.
Marvin Jones hauled in all five of his targets for 38 yards in Sunday's win over the Ravens.
Jones has now caught at least four passes in four of his past five games - four of which featured AJ McCarron at quarterback. That rapport should continue as McCarron appears to be the Cincinnati Bengals ' starter for Saturday's showdown against Pittsburgh's suspect pass defense. Jones had his second highest catch total of the season, six, in the teams' last matchup. If there is one element to Jones game that should scare off fantasy owners, it's his lack of touchdowns, especially given his considerable size. Jones has scored just once in the last 10 games.
Marvin Jones (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Jones is coming off a rather slow three-catch game in Week 16 against the Broncos, but he has been targeted an average of seven times over the last three weeks.
|P1||8/12/16||@ PIT||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/27/16||@ BAL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ IND||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/4/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|16||12/26/16||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
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