Browns trade WR Donovan Peoples-Jones to the Lions for 6th round pick

The Cleveland Browns have sent wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones to the Detroit Lions for a 2025 sixth round pick according to Mary Kay Cabot. The veteran wide receiver from the University of Michigan is returning to his home state. Peoples-Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract and is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Peoples-Jones has played well for the Browns over the last four seasons. The wide receiver has glue for hands and could always be relied on during clutch time. Peoples-Jones started the season off slow as the Browns have had to shuffle around their quarterbacks causing the passing game to suffer.

Peoples-Jones role was relegated into a glorified blocker as the season went on. The receiver has played the most snaps out of the group and has run the most routes, but he hasn’t been able to find any production. Peoples-Jones is a big-bodied receiver who can win at the catch point but lacks the separation skills to earn targets from quarterbacks whom he lacks chemistry with.

Peoples-Jones finishes his career in Cleveland with 1,837 receiving yards on 117 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Hopefully, the receiver is able to bounce back with the Lions.

The Browns have a few options to replace Peoples-Jones with between rookie Cedric Tillman, 2nd-year wideout David Bell, and veteran Marquise Goodwin. The Browns will need to replace him on the punt return. On Sunday, the Browns tried Elijah Moore as the punt returner, but he looked indecisive. The Browns might elevate practice squad member Jaleon Darden who has experience returning punts.

Story originally appeared on Browns Wire