Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones of the Cleveland Browns is being traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a sixth-round selection.
Brad Holmes, general manager of the Lions, verified the deal on Tuesday afternoon. Peoples-Jones,
an NFL player from Detroit who attended Michigan for his collegiate education, is going back to play for his home team.
Since the Browns selected Peoples-Jones in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the 24-year-old has played for them throughout his whole career. Since his sophomore year
he has been a consistent starter, and in 2022, he recorded a career-high 61 receptions for 839 yards and three touchdowns.
With a sidelined Deshaun Watson and backup quarterbacks PJ Washington and Dorian Thompson-Robinson sharing time, the Browns' passing attack, which ranks 30th
in the NFL (180 yards per game), has failed to find consistency. As a result, his production has decreased this season. In seven games, Peoples-Jones has eight catches for 97 yards and no touchdowns.
He'll join one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, the Lions, and have a chance to help a contender. Along with rookie tight end Sam LaPorta and veteran Josh Reynolds, Pro Bowler Amon-Ra St. Brown leads the Lions receiving group.
Jameson Williams, a former first-round pick in 2022 who missed the most of his rookie season due to injuries and the first four games of 2023