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Detroit Lions WR TJ Jones signs restricted free agent tender

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TJ Jones will be back for another year.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Lost in the shuffle of a wild free agency period was the fact that Detroit Lions receiver TJ Jones had not signed his restricted free agent tender, reportedly worth $1.9 million. While there were no indications Jones was going to hold out, leaving him unsigned left open the possibility that another team would offer Jones a contract that the Lions would have to match or decline and receive draft compensation.

However, on the day the Lions opened offseason workouts, the Lions closed that possibility. According to the team, Jones has been officially signed to his restricted free agent contract, meaning he’ll be a part of the Lions for the 2018 season.

Jones had a breakout year in 2017 as a Lions’ No. 4 receiver. He put up career highs in receptions (30), yards (399) and touchdowns (1). With Golden Tate, Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay returning this year, he’ll remain the No. 4 receiver, but has shown himself capable of being productive in that role.

Jones is also coming off shoulder surgery after leaving Week 15’s game against the Bears. It’s unknown where he is in his rehabilitation, but now he’ll be able to continue that process with the Lions during their offseason workouts.