Marvin Jones Jr., a standout at Cal before an NFL career that has lasted just over 12 seasons, has decided to step away from the Detroit Lions “to take care of personal family matters.” He released a statement on his Instagram account on Tuesday afternoon, with the Lions officially announcing his release shortly after.

“To be brief, I am stepping away from the team to take care of personal family matters,” Jones wrote. “Although this was no easy decision, I cannot be the person/player that I need to be for this team as well as tend to my family from afar. This organization has been amazing showing love and support for myself and my family over the years and this time is no different. For that I am appreciative.”

Jones, a 5th-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, spent 4 seasons with the team before signing with the Lions as a free agent ahead of the 2016 season. In 2017, he had a career season with 61 catches, 1,101 yards, and 9 touchdowns.

In 2021, he signed a 2-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the Lions on a 1-year deal in April. For his career, Jones has recorded 7,421 yards and 58 touchdowns.


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