- Peoples-Jones’ playing time with the Browns has declined sharply this season
- The former Michigan Wolverine returns home to join the NFC North leaders
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The Detroit Lions improved their offense just an hour before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET.
At 3:05 p.m., the Lions announced that they traded their 2025 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns and received Donovan Peoples-Jones in return.
The Lions will look to utilize the 6-foot-1, 220-pound receiver despite having limited minutes in Cleveland this season. So far this year, Peoples-Jones has caught just eight passes for 97 yards.
During his time in Cleveland, Peoples-Jones recorded 117 receptions for 1,837 yards and eight touchdowns.
Peoples-Jones’ best season with the Browns was 2022, when he had 61 catches for 839 yards and three touchdowns.
The Lions acquired Donovan Peoples-Jones from Cleveland an hour before the trade deadline
The Lions defeated the Raiders on Monday night and are 6-2 in the NFC North this season
Peoples-Jones, 24, will return to his home state — he played for Cass Tech High School in Detroit and the University of Michigan before being drafted by the Browns in 2020.
After a 26-14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night, the Lions are 6-2 this season and lead the NFC North.
In his homecoming, Peoples-Jones joins quarterback Jared Goff, who is currently fourth in passing yards, Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is No. 6 in the league with 57 receptions, and Jahmyr Gibbs, who is among the league’s leading rushers NFL matters.
On the other hand, the Browns are 4-3 this season and are second in the AFC North.