On Sunday, Marvin Jones Jr. will suit up for the Detroit Lions for the 69th time in his professional career. For the past five years, Jones has been one of the most consistent and productive players within the Lions offense, averaging 823 receiving yards per season and tallying a total of 34 touchdowns.
Jones’ game against the Minnesota Vikings could very well be the last game the veteran plays in a Lions uniform. His five-year deal with Detroit comes to an end at the end of the 2020 league year, and when asked on Wednesday if he was interested in re-signing with the Lions, it didn’t exactly sounds like he’d be jumping on an offer.
“We’ll see. I am a free agent,” Jones said in a Zoom call on Wednesday. “(I’ll say) the same thing I said five years ago. I’m a free agent and the free agent process is always exciting, and it’s something I’m obviously excited about, but you never know. We’ll see in March.”
When asked what factors will he be prioritizing when making a decision on where to play next, Jones admitted there wasn’t one thing that will draw him over another. His family—who resides in California—will play a part, his level of opportunity to play will matter, and, yes, being able to catch a ring at this point in his career may factor in.
“That, most definitely, could be the reason, but in free agency, there’s nothing that you throw out,” Jones said. “Like, ‘Okay, I’m not going to go to this team’ or ‘I’m not doing this. I’m not doing this.’ You’ve got to keep an open mind.”
Jones believes his performance in 2020—setting a career high in catches with 68—shows that he still has it. In fact, he believes he’s got plenty of years ahead of him, despite turning 30 earlier this year.
“I’ve got everything left,” Jones said. “Until I decide to quit, until I decide to retire, I’m still going to move the same. You guys seen me this past camp. I’m moving better than I’ve ever probably moved.”
And while a return to Detroit is still possibly in the cards—Jones said he won’t take anything off the table—he didn’t exactly sound eager to stick with Detroit through yet another rebuild in his career.
“We’ll see, just like I said,” Jones said. “No counting anything out, but you’re just going to have to see in March.”