The Browns are pursuing Bengals receiver Marvin Jones in free agency, Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer writes. Jones, 25, has a fan in former coach Hue Jackson, so Cleveland’s interest makes a lot of sense.
In 13 starts last season, Jones caught 65 passes for 816 yards and four touchdowns. It was a solid bounceback for Jones after he lost the 2014 season due to an injured ankle. According to Cabot, the Browns are hoping that Jones can break out as a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver if he’s not playing in the shadow of star A.J. Green. Golden Tate‘s deal with the Lions, inked one year ago, could be a reference point for a deal, Cabot writes. Tate signed with Detroit on a five-year deal worth $31MM, including $16MM in guaranteed cash.
Jones graded out as PFR’s No. 1 available wide receiver this offseason. With youth and ability to his credit, Jones got the nod over the likes of quality receivers like Travis Benjamin, Rishard Matthews, Rueben Randle, Jermaine Kearse, and Mohamed Sanu. The Browns also have interest in Sanu, Cabot notes, but they prefer Jones because he is faster.
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