4 players the Lions could sell before the trade deadline

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Marvin Jones Jr, Detroit Lions
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Marvin Jones Jr., Wide Receiver

Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. has not played up to his typical standards this season and is on an expiring contract meaning he could very well be shipped out of Motown.

As he’s been struggling this season, perhaps a change of scenery would benefit him while the Lions would be able to get a pick or two in return for his services.

Jones has been a key player on the Lions in previous seasons, recording over 1,000 reception yards in the 2017 season. They could opt to keep him and attempt to extend him in the offseason to make him apart of their future but he’ll be 31 next year and the Lions are better off spending the money they’d give to him elsewhere.

So far this season, Jones has caught 19 of 30 targets for 226 yards, a touchdown and 13 first downs.

Weeks 4 and 6 saw him catch just two passes for a meager total of 17 yards but bounced back against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7 with a five catch, 80 yard performance and caught his longest pass of the season which was 23 yards.

If the Lions do make him available on the trade block, the Baltimore Ravens could be interested in acquiring Jones. The Green Bay Packers are also in need of a wideout but the Lions won’t trade Jones to a division rival especially as both teams are competing for a playoff spot.

CBS Sports made a mock trade of sending Jones to the Ravens for a sixth-round pick in 2021 and a seventh rounder in 2022.