The Detroit Lions had a gaping hole at the wide receiver position with the retirement of Calvin Johnson. The Lions had to address this need immediately in free agency and the Lions signed debatably the best available wide receiver on the market Marvin Jones, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jones will have huge shoes to fill for the Lions, but Jones is not letting the Johnson retirement get in the way of his potential impact for the Lions. “That’s the thing everybody should know,” Jones said. “I’m not coming here trying to replace Calvin Johnson. You’re not going to replace Calvin Johnson,” stated Jones.
Jones realizes what his talent is and what he will be able to bring to the field and the locker for the Lions. “But [what] I will replace that he left is his integrity on and off the field, just the way he carried himself and his character overall. That’s something that I will bring that I admire about him. I’m here to be me. I’m here to do what I can do to help this team win and to succeed. That’s all I can do.”
Jones signed a five year $40 million contract with $20 million guaranteed which exceeds New York Jets Eric Decker’s five year $36.25 million contract with $15 million guaranteed. The Lions are making a hefty commitment for a wide receiver who has reached a high of 816 yards in his three seasons played in the NFL.
Whether Jones wants to believe it or not, the pressure is on for him to replace Johnson and live up to the value of his contract. The Lions must hope Jones explodes on his potential or they will be looking back at this contract with regret.