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Marvin Jones announces he is leaving the Lions; WR later released by team

ByGuillermo Garcia

Oct 24, 2023
Marvin Jones announces he is leaving the Lions;  WR later released by team

Jones was inactive for the first time this season in Detroit’s Week 7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

He rejoined the Lions for his 12th NFL season, signing a one-year, $3 million contract this spring. The veteran has seen little production, though, with just five receptions on 10 targets for 35 yards and zero touchdowns. His goals are tied for seventh on the team with the injured David Montgomery, as Amon-Ra St. Brown has continued to emerge as one of the league’s top young wide receivers. Rookie Sam LaPorta has also been effective right away, while receivers Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds have been surprising and Jameson Williams is back from suspension.

Although Jones hasn’t mentioned anything regarding a possible retirement, if this is it for the 33-year-old, he turned in a productive career after being selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was with the Bengals for four seasons (one on injured reserve), spent the 2021-22 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and parts of six seasons with the Lions twice, first from 2017-2020 before returning to Motown this year.

In his career, Jones has played in 151 games with 118 starts, recording 547 catches for 7,421 yards and 58 touchdowns.