You love to see a player announce his own move in free agency. Veteran WR Marvin Jones Jr headed back to the Lions, where he played from 2016-20. It's reported as a one-year deal with a $3 million base value with incentives that can push it to $5 million.
After playing in the slot heavily for three seasons towards the end of his Lions run and the first year of Jacksonville, Marvin Jones returned to more of an out-wide role in 2022. As an initial observation, he will probably continue that role, as Amon-Ra St. Brown has been stellar, and spent 60% of his time in the slot last season. This would likely make Jones a candidate to rotate with Josh Reynolds in three-wide sets.
Detroit can still take someone in the NFL Draft, which further dampers Jones' fantasy outlook, but the signing makes the passing attack better in general.
There are still no details of the deal as of yet, but Irv Smith has been contacted about his signing, saying, "It's a great organization. Great coaching staff. (Head coach) Zac Taylor was very adamant about me coming to the team knowing what I can do to help the offense."
Prior to the signing, Devin Asiasi was the only tight end under contract with a feasible amount of NFL playing time. Smith, who doesn't turn 25 until the week of the preseason opener, had a career-high 36 catches as a rookie before injuries wiped out all of 2021 (torn meniscus) and half of 2022 (ankle). With Burrow hooking up C.J. Uzomah to career-highs in 2021 and Hayden Hurst to the second 50-catch season of his career in 2022, he thinks he's in the right place at the right time.
Smith has a chance to be a solid TE2 in fantasy, and we'll have to wait and see if the team still aims for the position during the NFL Draft.