Calvin Johnson contract talks “progressing along”

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With a cap number north of $20 million for the coming season, the last under his rookie contract, Calvin Johnson’s contract is a problem for the Detroit Lions.

Both sides are open to getting a new deal done that will keep Johnson in Detroit for years to come while also giving the Lions flexibility to address other needs this offseason. General manager Martin Mayhew is slated to have a face-to-face meeting with Johnson’s agent Bus Cook on Saturday, but the G.M. says that things are already “progressing along” toward a resolution.

Cook shared Mayhew’s belief that a deal can get done and spoke to the Detroit Free-Press about the time frame for a new contract. If the Lions can’t get it done by the start of free agency on March 13th, there could be a negative impact on their ability to sign players from other teams and/or retain their own free agents.

“I don’t know,” Cook said about the time frame. “That depends on the team, where they stand with their cap in two weeks and what they want to do and how they want to structure things. We’ll just see what happens.”

Mayhew said that the team has formulated a plan to move forward without paring down Johnson’s cap number before the start of free agency, but given the desire on both sides to get something done it seems like there’s a pretty good chance they won’t have to put it into action.

13 responses to “Calvin Johnson contract talks “progressing along”

  1. I got a feeling Cook’s gonna be using both Fitzgerald’s deals (the current one and the one given to him in 08) as a blueprint for Megaton’s new deal.

  2. This is the first player Detroit has drafted that has been worth resigning since Barry Sanders. They really are going to have to dust off the negotiation manual and bone up before talking with Cook.

  3. this dude is really makes or breaks our team, literally, if he restructures and its friendly, we can re-sign and sign new stars, if he doesn’t, we’re back to an average overall roster, praying to hit on several draft picks this year

  4. The contract talks should be easy. Just hand Calvin a blank check and ask him to put what he wants to be paid on it…then write a new check with double the amount.

  5. This is the type of player the Ravens(and many other teams) should offer their entire 2012 draft for, Mike Ditka style. Every single pick. Hell, even throw in a conditional 1st round pick next year as well IF your team wins the Super Bowl.

  6. I Fail to understand the fascination with trading CJ. Even if we get two firsts and two seconds Chances are statistically that only two of those player will pan out. Also, we will have to wait till next years draft to use all of the picks. Also, for the salary cap issue if we resign CJ it will most likely be for around 18 million, If we trade him we will need to sign or draft another WR unless you want to roll with burleson as our #1 which would be a disaster, if you sign one thats anywhere even close to CJ’s level its going to cost you 8-12 million. Assuming you get 1st rounders I would assume we would want to try and get top ten picks which is another 4-6 million in cap. So, basically the idea is to trade our most dynamic offensive weapon the year after getting to the playoffs for a lesser reciever and posssibly an additonal two players who we probably wont see the benfits of for at least two years.

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