The Detroit Lions quickly answered the question: "What will the Lions do without Calvin Johnson?" signing Marvin Jones just a day after Megtaron announced his retirement.
Marvin Jones told me it was a 'stressful decision' & that he ultimately chose the Lions over the Patriots and Bengals @nflnetwork— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 9, 2016
Re: Lions... Marvin Jones told me: "It definitely wasn't about the money. It was about maximizing my opportunity." @nflnetwork— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 9, 2016
Jones will immediately jump into the lineup likely as the Lions' No. 2 receiver behind Golden Tate. Interestingly, Jones had very similar statistics to Tate when the Lions signed him two years ago:
Marvin Jones final year in CIN: 69 catches, 99 targets, 848 yards, 4 TD— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) March 9, 2016
G. Tate final year in SEA: 64 catches, 99 targets, 989 yards, 3 TD
The move fills an extremely pressing need for the Lions, but many consider his $8 million per year price tag a little too pricey for the young receiver. Jones' contract is reportedly for five years and $40 million with $17 million guaranteed.
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