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Lewand says Lions have been “in discussions” with Megatron

Detroit Lions Pro Bowl wide receiver Johnson signs autographs on a ball after a practice session on Earhart Field on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Reuters

The Lions have a number of key free agents, including defensive end Cliff Avril.

But they are already thinking about signing a player that is under contract for 2012. Lions President Tom Lewand said on 107.3 WBBL last week that he’s been speaking to Calvin Johnson’s representatives.

“Calvin’s under contract for this year. He’s obviously someone we want to keep for a long, long time. . . . The good news is there he’s really expressed an interest in staying.  He’s got a great relationship with Matthew [Stafford],” Lewand said. “There’s a desire among all parties to keep that together. It’s been my experience when that desire exists you can usually get deals done.”

Lewand didn’t get into specifics about free agents like Avril, Stephen Tulloch, and running back Kevin Smith, saying they’d love to keep all three players.

Perhaps the best news of the conversation came from Lewand echoing the party line in Detroit that expectations have been raised for the long-suffering franchise.

“Dumping Gatorade on the coach after getting a wild card spot is not where we want to be,” Lewand said.

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27 Responses to “Lewand says Lions have been “in discussions” with Megatron”
  1. medtxpack says: Feb 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    “…Lions have been “in discussions” with Megatron…”

    who translates?!

  2. lolb23 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    Keeping your best players is the fastest way to get to a Super Bowl.

  3. redwing1 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    I really hope this gets done soon. Megatron is every bit as important to this offense as Stafford. He’s a game changer that can’t be replaced.

  4. burnzy32 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:57 AM

    ALL HAIL MEGATRON!!!!!!

  5. eastsideballa says: Feb 13, 2012 11:04 AM

    In the coming days I better see this on the espn bottomline runner: “Lions sign WR Calvin Johnson to 12 year 225 million dollar contract in gold bars.”

  6. silvercrush33 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:06 AM

    Good for Calvin, he deserves to be one of the highest paid players in the league. Hopefully, with his great work ethic and humble, team-first attitude, he is ushering in a new gold standard of WR for the league.

  7. camjon32 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:13 AM

    Kinda nice being a Detroit sports fan these days…Lions headed in the right direction, the Red Wings are…the Red Wings…and the Tigers are spending money like they wanna win now! The Auburn Hills Pistons have lots of work to do however…

    Instead of articles that are titled, “Lions are on the clock” we are getting stuff like this…

  8. burnzy32 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:36 AM

    I hope we can lock him for a 7 year deal, just means I’ll be dominating my friends for the next seven years in Madden with my favorite team…

  9. bubba9er says: Feb 13, 2012 11:52 AM

    The Lions won the lottery with this kid. He is a freaky talent and seems to work hard. Now they just need a little less ‘Stompy’ and the sky is the limit for this young(ish) team.

  10. haileli says: Feb 13, 2012 12:01 PM

    The Raiders passed up Calvin Johnson in favor of JaMarcus Russell.

    Oof.

  11. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 13, 2012 12:02 PM

    I will have Stafford as my keeper. Make Megatron happy!

  12. lionsdetroitcom says: Feb 13, 2012 12:12 PM

    Gotta get him re-signed ASAP!

  13. lionsdetroitcom says: Feb 13, 2012 12:13 PM

    The Lions are SUPERBOWL Bound this year!

  14. bspurloc says: Feb 13, 2012 1:15 PM

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    giants have no high paid WR’s this year or 4 years ago and won 2 Super Bowls…..
    so why is it important to pay this dude big bucks?

  15. vikescry1 says: Feb 13, 2012 1:32 PM

    Megatron is a beast no doubt, but don’t start talking about superbowls. No running game and your defense got torched a lot last year. Not too mention there r too many issues like stompin on players and things showing immaturity. Get those thing fixed then talk superbowls all u want.

  16. ernie ernie says: Feb 13, 2012 1:43 PM

    Johnson aint going anywhere. They will iron out a contract for his services and that will be it. Maybe they could get Randy Moss on the other side, wow wouldn’t that be a mess.

  17. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 13, 2012 1:46 PM

    They should have gave this dude a new after his rookie year. I know you just signed this huge contract, but here is another one.

  18. tcostant says: Feb 13, 2012 2:25 PM

    5 years $70 million, sound about right for the best WR in football in his prime.

  19. bspurloc says: Feb 13, 2012 2:25 PM

    .
    giants have no high paid WR’s this year or 4 years ago and won 2 Super Bowls…..
    so why is it important to pay this dude big bucks?

  20. primetime0552 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:37 PM

    bspurloc says:Feb 13, 2012 2:25 PM

    .
    giants have no high paid WR’s this year or 4 years ago and won 2 Super Bowls…..
    so why is it important to pay this dude big bucks?

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    Giants have had talented receivers in both their Super Bowls. It’s not like they have had scrubs at the position. Cruz is going to get paid this offseason as well. Calvin is better then the Giants receivers by far. Giants had a better defense/running backs/offensive line in the years they won the Super Bowl as well. Look who Brady has won his Super Bowls with, no high paid wide outs there either. You dont let one of the best PLAYERS in the game walk away from your team, that does not make the team better .

  21. bigpantherfan says: Feb 13, 2012 3:07 PM

    Another Great WR that would be more usefull in carolina then in detroit sorry we got the better QB then stafford and he would complement smithy very well

  22. klunge says: Feb 13, 2012 4:27 PM

    bigpantherfan says:
    Feb 13, 2012 3:07 PM
    Another Great WR that would be more usefull in carolina then in detroit sorry we got the better QB then stafford and he would complement smithy very well
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    Tremendous failure of a post. Too preposterous to even be viewed as comedy.
    1. Stafford threw twice as many TD’s as Newton with fewer picks, and half those came when throwing with a broken finger.
    2. How is being a downfield decoy for a QB who rushes half the time make him “more useful” than scoring scads of TDs like he does now?
    3. Calvin doesn’t “complement” anybody. He would instantly become the #1 WR on any team.

  23. JBLionsFan says: Feb 13, 2012 4:33 PM

    They must resign Calvin and Avril. If Tulloch can be had reasonably then he’s a keeper. They need one of the FA CB’s out there preferably Finnegan.

    I don’t know if the backfield of Best, LeShoure, and Smith is one that can stay healthy all year. We need a horse….

  24. cwroses1983 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:56 PM

    we need to sign michael bush and pick a corner in the first round. best is done for his career, another dumb pick by mayhew. they better pick up all def in the draft or they are clueless

  25. redwingliger says: Feb 13, 2012 10:38 PM

    vikescry1; Well I would rather have a player that stopped someone, rather than one that kicked someone in the gonads. And what would you know anyway, your Vikings haven’t done so well with their approach of “renting a quarterback” in hopes of winning a Super Bowl! You can go bro.

  26. redwingliger says: Feb 13, 2012 10:41 PM

    vikescry1; Excuse me I met “stomped” someone, (not stopped someone).

  27. ahs2 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:51 PM

    “Dumping Gatorade on the coach after getting a wild card spot is not where we want to be,” Lewand said.

    This is an example of successful culture change…the Lions are on finally track.

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