Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. is stepping down from the team “to attend to personal family matters,” he said in a social media post Tuesday.
Minutes after Jones shared his statement, the Lions joined others in announcing his release from the team Squad changes. According to Justin Rogers, both sides agreed to go their separate ways The Detroit News.
“I just want to say that I have so much love and respect for the Ford family, the city of Detroit, my teammates and coaches,” he wrote. “Although this was not an easy decision, I cannot be the person/player I need to be for this team and also take care of my family from a distance. This organization has shown an incredible amount of love and support for me and my family over the years.” And this time is no different. I’m grateful for that. To my brothers and coaches, I will support you every step of the way! This is the year! Get it!!!”
Jones, 33, had five catches for 35 yards in six games this season as a defensive lineman for the Lions’ receiving corps. Although he was not previously listed on the injury report, he was among a group of players, along with running back David Montgomery and offensive lineman Jonah Jackson, who were ruled out early for Detroit’s 38-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The former Lions receiver returned to his former team in March after two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a $3 million deal. He previously spent five seasons in Detroit from 2016 to 2020. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals out of UC Berkeley in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft
In Lions franchise history, only Calvin Johnson and Herman Moore have caught more touchdowns than Jones’ 36. He holds the team’s all-time top-10 ranking in receptions, receiving touchdowns and receiving yards.