Allen Park — The Detroit Lions made the decison tender restricted free agent TJ Jones. The team also tendered quarterback Jake Rudock, an exclusive-rights free agent.
The original-round tender will pay the Jones $1.9 million in 2018, but leaves him free to negotiate with other teams. If he signs with another franchise, the Lions will have an opportunity to match the contract or accept a sixth-round pick as compensation, the round Jones was drafted in 2014.
Jones is coming off his best season. After bulking up during the offseason, the fourth-year receiver played meaningful snaps while rookie Kenny Golladay dealt with a hamstring injury. Jones finished with a career-best 30 catches for 399 yards.
In addition to providing as quality depth at wide receiver, Jones can also return kicks, if needed.
He ended last season on injured reserve, suffering a shoulder injury while covering a punt. Following surgery, he’s expected to be full-go for the team’s offseason program.
Rudock, the former Michigan quarterback, served as Matthew Stafford’s primary backup last season. As an exclusive-rights free agent, he is not permitted to negotiate with other teams. The one-year tender, once signed, will pay him $630,000.