After a quiet two-day negotiating period, the Detroit Lions appear to be on the verge of making their biggest free agency move. As first reported by ESPN's Dianna Marie, the Lions will be signing Marvin Jones once free agency opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Details haven't emerged on Jones' deal yet, but here what the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett is expecting:
Haven't heard final numbers yet on Jones deal, but he was seeking in the $8M per year range— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 9, 2016
The Lions were long-rumored to have interest in Jones, and it appears those rumors had serious truth behind them. Jones fills an obvious need at wide receiver, with Calvin Johnson announcing his retirement on Tuesday.
Jones finished last year with 813 receiving yards and four touchdowns. While those aren't numbers that will likely place him as the No. 1 receiver in Detroit. It does give the Lions some solid, young depth behind Golden Tate. Jones will turn 26 on Saturday.
Update 2:53 p.m. ET: Ian Rapoport is reporting that Marvin Jones will receive $40 million over five years in his new contract with the Lions.