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Calvin Johnson closing in on $4.5 million bonus

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As the No. 2 overall NFL draft pick from the days before the rookie wage scale, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson signed a huge contract in 2007. And unlike the No. 1 overall pick that year, JaMarcus Russell, Megatron has actually earned his money.

And today Megatron may earn even more: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Johnson is closing in on a $4.5 million bonus as part of an incentive clause in his contract.

Johnson’s contract has a list of goals and stipulates that he gets the bonus if he reaches any five of those goals this season. He has already reached three of the goals by catching 12 touchdown passes, being chosen to the Pro Bowl and playing in at least 80 percent of the Lions’ offensive snaps while the team wins nine games. Today he can get to five of the goals if, at the end of the day, he is the leader in any two of the following four categories:

1. NFC receiving touchdowns (he’s a near-lock to do this, as he has 15 receiving touchdowns already, and the only other player in the NFC with more than 10 is Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson, who has 12 and probably won’t play the entire game today).
2. NFC receiving yards (he’s currently 79 yards ahead of Giants receiver Victor Cruz).
3. NFL receiving touchdowns (he and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski are currently tied).
4. NFL receiving yards (he’s 81 yards behind Patriots receiver Wes Welker).

In other words, Johnson gets his $4.5 million unless Cruz gets 80 more receiving yards than him and Gronkowski gets one more touchdown than him today.

Johnson has one more year on that rookie contract and can become a free agent after the 2012 season. But the Lions are expected to push hard this offseason to get a long-term contract extension with Johnson done. Johnson is a rare high draft pick of the Matt Millen era whom the Lions are more than happy to pay.

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15 Responses to “Calvin Johnson closing in on $4.5 million bonus”
  1. seatownballers says: Jan 1, 2012 11:14 AM

    Megatron is getting paid. Congrats!
    Oakland must be kicking themselves for drafting Russell over Calvin

  2. suhisevil says: Jan 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    Pay that man his money.

  3. cmdv8 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:26 AM

    The only good thing that came from millen pay the man. Best reciever in football hands down.the guy also has an attitude like Jerry rice always classy and humble.cant think of a better guy to represent the lions.pay him Layton manning money if you have to.lock up megatron for life so he can go to canton a lion

  4. cmdv8 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:27 AM

    The only good thing that came from millen pay the man. Best reciever in football hands down.the guy also has an attitude like Jerry rice always classy and humble.cant think of a better guy to represent the lions.pay him payton manning money if you have to.lock up megatron for life so he can go to canton a lion

  5. pbolyard says: Jan 1, 2012 11:29 AM

    Best WR in the league bar none

  6. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:29 AM

    Way to go Al Davis.

  7. buzzardpointlookout says: Jan 1, 2012 11:46 AM

    All hail Megatron.

    Go Lions.

  8. chaothao says: Jan 1, 2012 11:49 AM

    Wish he was a Packers. Lol that would be awesome!!

  9. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jan 1, 2012 11:57 AM

    Ya really. Thanx “Coach” Davis for drafting JaRobitussin instead of Calvin Johnson. Like always the only person you ever listened to was yourself. Didn’t matter the H.C “Lance” Kiffin (or anyone else with a working brain) wanted no part of Russell. Then just to add insult you tell everyone “JaMarcus is a great playaaa. Get ovah it”……

    No Al we aren’t “ovah it” and never will be……

  10. vikescry1 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:07 PM

    he is a beast, and should be paid.

  11. test2402 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    He owes that money to Tim Tebow.

  12. pavelfitzgerald says: Jan 1, 2012 12:31 PM

    This doesn’t make sense. You said he only needed TWO of the following 4 yet you made it aound like he needed 3. He’s got NFC receiving TDs locked up & needs to stay ahead of Cruz, what Gronkowski does in overall TDs is irrelevant (according to the first half of your post). You guys need to proof read

  13. broncosaddict says: Jan 1, 2012 12:37 PM

    “Johnson’s contract has a list of goals and stipulates that he gets the bonus if he reaches any five of those goals this season. He has already reached three of the goals….”

    Should this be “he reaches all five”?

    Otherwise, since he has achieved 3 of them he has already earned his bonus…he only need to reach 1 of the 5…..

    Regardless, he’s one guy who has definitely earned his paycheck….

  14. broncosaddict says: Jan 1, 2012 12:39 PM

    never mind. After learning how to read AND comprehend, I realize I’m the idiot. :-)

    He did earn his money though…

  15. mystereo says: Jan 1, 2012 12:44 PM

    CJ was drafted by current GM Mayhew.

    Millen may have had the title but Mayhew was calling the personnel shots by this time.

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