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2016 Free Agency Grades: Detroit Lions

[tps_header]With a majority of the recognizable free agent names off the market, it is time to examine how new GM Bob Quinn fared in the first stage of the offseason with the Detroit Lions. There are still plenty of bargains to be made along with the upcoming NFL draft, but as a whole, there has not been much buzz surrounding the Lions new acquisitions. Many fans felt that the new regime would come in and “win” free agency totally transforming the team. By looking at the background Quinn was established from, we should not have expected anything different. Without further ado…[/tps_header]

 

[tps_title]Marvin Jones:[/tps_title]

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  • Price: $40 million, 5 years
  • 2016 Cap Hit: $6.6 million
  • Position: Wide Reciever
  • Age: 26
  • Grade: B+

The biggest signing the Lions made came at a position of need after the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Widely considered to be the best available WR, Jones came into Detroit with a lot of similarities to another Lions receiver, Golden Tate. He doesn’t possess elite size or burner speed, but he makes up for it with shiftiness and reliable hands. He demonstrated his strong mitts by only allowing two drops last season, good enough for a 1.9% drop rate. In Cincinnati, Jones was always second or third fiddle and will be expected to replicate his ten touchdown season (2013) with his expanded role in Detroit. He will have an average salary of $8 million a year, which is quite the value for someone who could be the 1A or 1B wideout on a team.

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