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Calvin Johnson calls Lions deal “a tremendous blessing”

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In announcing a new contract extension that will keep him in Detroit through the 2019 season, Calvin Johnson said today that he views playing for the Lions as an opportunity to spend a great career with a great franchise.

“What a tremendous blessing this is for me, my family, my teammates and future teammates to come,” Johnson said.

Although not many people would call the Lions a great franchise for most of the last half century, Johnson especially mentioned his relationship with quarterback Matthew Stafford and said he expects the Lions to be contenders for years to come.

“Everybody’s looking for us to be there this year and we definitely expect that of ourselves,” he said.

Johnson said negotiations were easy because he wanted to stay in Detroit and the Lions made him a great offer.

“The Lions came and got it done,” Johnson said.

Lions President Tom Lewand said the Lions are thrilled and hope Johnson is a Lion for life.

“It’s very exciting to be able to say that we have secured the services of a truly special player for what may be the rest of his career,” Lewand said. “There are not many guys when you do a contract of this makeup — we did one years ago with Barry Sanders, and he was one of those kinds of guys — who are so special on the field, truly deserving of a contract of this size and a guy who you have no doubt will handle all that comes with it with a great deal of skill on and off the field. It’s a great day for us.”

Lions coach Jim Schwartz got a laugh at the press conference by first double-checking to make sure the contract had been signed and then turning to Johnson and saying, “I’d have held out for more money, Calvin.”

It’s not often that a team thinks it can get a bargain by paying a player $130 million, but in the case of the Lions and Calvin Johnson, they think they got a steal.

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31 Responses to “Calvin Johnson calls Lions deal “a tremendous blessing””
  1. grizzkev says: Mar 14, 2012 1:25 PM

    Great deal. It’s a ton of money but he’s worth it. Damn near uncoverable. Stafford and CJ can be the next Montana/Rice.

  2. cotts1 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:29 PM

    Lions= super bowl champs 2013-2019

  3. wingz101 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:31 PM

    Great news for all Lions fans. Plus I think that if you are gonna pay someone that kind of money, you make sure it is to a real consumate pro like CJ.

    The Lions are possibly a physical run game and one all pro corner away from being serious contenders. Sure they need tweeks in other areas, but all contenders do.

  4. machester52 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:31 PM

    Megatron will not let anyone down. This dude is by far the greatest WR in the NFL. He will go down as one of the greatest in NFL history by the time he’s done. Well deserving of the deal, and that doesn’t even be able to describe what he’s worth to the Lions and NFL. Good for him.

  5. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 14, 2012 1:31 PM

    98 problems now.

  6. larryfitz11 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:31 PM

    The Saints should take a page from the Lions, and pay their “face of the franchise” the money he deserves

  7. rc33 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:37 PM

    Well, his franchise number next year would’ve been like $25 million, so this is a better alternative.
    Nonetheless an absurd amount of guaranteed money for a wide out, even if it is this guy or Fitzgerald.

    At least they’re both terrific players and good guys.
    But between the contracts of Suh, Stafford and Magatron…

  8. faulkn22 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:38 PM

    The Lions passing game will be in the top 5 as long as Stafford and Johnson are healthy. Very fun combo to watch.

  9. m2karateman says: Mar 14, 2012 1:38 PM

    That’s a ton of money to pay a wide receiver who is not in the Top 5 at that position…..isn’t that right, Cris Carter?

    He’s worth every damn penny.

  10. radrntn says: Mar 14, 2012 1:41 PM

    props to megatron, no doubt he is a stud, but Larry F, having Manning throwing him the ball will be the one who is truly blessed.

  11. woodyg says: Mar 14, 2012 1:46 PM

    Now all the Loins have to figure out is how to sign (or keep) ‘quality’ players when Suh, Stafford & Johnson account for 1/3 of the cap each year for the next few years.

    Their GM obviously skipped his “Salary Cap 101″ classes before becoming a GM.

    Looks like the Vikes & Lions will return to their ‘cellar dwellar’ battles in the North again.

  12. Soulman45 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:47 PM

    Johnson, Cliff or Suh must be traded can’t win with 4 over paid players one maybe two, the team have to keep Stafford QB that can get 5,000 yds is hard to find T,DE,WO is a dime a dozen.

    Suh, Johnson or Cliff have to go for a better team.
    Calvin is a great WO New York won the Super Bowl with good WO
    it take a team 25 or more good to great players to win in the NFL.

    Could have got 4 DB’s and had something left for a LB or two, can’t afford him he will make great plays for Sport Center and the team will be a home after the second round of the playoff.

    Detroit Lions will be at home while the Pats go deep in the playoff with two top dollar stars the Packers with one.

    Hope You Understand
    Soulman45

  13. jamezz23 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:51 PM

    I remember before last year some Detroit reporters were already bringing up if he plans on staying with Detroit and he didn’t say yes or no but I just want to win.. Literally last year was what locked up megatron. I was super worried when he said all I want to do is win but it all seemed to work out and all the Detroit fans couldn’t be happier.

  14. bangitfootball says: Mar 14, 2012 1:52 PM

    This guys a beast and is worth it. Pierre Garcons contract on the other hand…………

  15. dvdman123 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:55 PM

    60 million tremendous blessings to be more clear.

  16. nesportsfan0428 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:55 PM

    “Calvin Johnson calls Lions deal “a tremendous blessing” ”

    Thats the same thing Lions’ fans said when they heard he signed a long term deal. Not too long ago they were 0-16. Now they’re serious Super Bowl contenders.

    Way to turn the franchise around fellas.

  17. dvdman123 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:59 PM

    Johnson had one his best games ever in the playoffs against the Saints yet they still lost by double digits………that speaks volumes.

  18. EJ says: Mar 14, 2012 2:00 PM

    machester52 says:
    Mar 14, 2012 1:31 PM
    Megatron will not let anyone down. This dude is by far the greatest WR in the NFL. He will go down as one of the greatest in NFL history by the time he’s done. Well deserving of the deal, and that doesn’t even be able to describe what he’s worth to the Lions and NFL. Good for him.

    Sorry to tell you, CJ is a great WR, but Jerry Rice is and will always be the greatest in NFL history. CJ<JR

  19. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 14, 2012 2:12 PM

    Not a lions fan … but
    Good deal for Megatron, hope he continues playing at his elite level …….. except when he’s facing the niners.

  20. dawgsafety13 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:25 PM

    GREAT player. BETTER person. could not be more proud to have him represent the Lions for life.

  21. broncobeta says: Mar 14, 2012 2:25 PM

    Share the blessing, plz?

  22. johnnycash19 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:37 PM

    woodyg says:

    Their GM obviously skipped his “Salary Cap 101″ classes before becoming a GM.
    ————–
    Yeah going from 10 Million over to 9 million under in two days is sooooo easy to do.

    Soulman45
    Johnson, Cliff or Suh must be traded
    ———

    Good thing your not a GM. “Hey, uh Bill, we just traded Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Roger Craig have all been traded. Good luck though!”

    ——————
    Soulman45
    Could have got 4 DB’s
    ——–
    Please name me more than 2 DB’s that were on the Steelers Super Bowl roster a couple years ago. Hell, you don’t need a great secondary to get to the Super Bowl. Just look at New England.

  23. hatesycophants says: Mar 14, 2012 2:48 PM

    Those who go out of their way to find something negative to say about this guy and this deal are just crappy human beings. Enjoy!

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  24. justwinmaybe says: Mar 14, 2012 3:01 PM

    Wow what a contract. I sure am glad my Raiders drafted Jafatazz instead of Megatron….huge (yes pun intended) cap savings for us.

  25. bbk1000 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:04 PM

    Good for him. I’m usually on the owners side of things but this guy is as good as it gets.

    It’s nice to see a receiver that is not a nutjob.

  26. polegojim says: Mar 14, 2012 6:12 PM

    Great Job Lions and Calvin.

    Proud to be.. from the 313.

    Go LIONS!

  27. villagementality says: Mar 14, 2012 6:42 PM

    Paying someone 130 mil for playing with a pointy ball a few months out of the year is not only obscene but sinful. Sorry folks, don’t care how nice a guy this young man is. He doesnt do anything remotely socially or ethically significant to justify this kind of financing.

    That being said, stupid is as stupid does. We consumers are allowing this to happen.

  28. staffordsyear says: Mar 14, 2012 6:51 PM

    Great news! This just made my week.

  29. machester52 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:38 PM

    @EJ

    I did say “one of the best all time”, so technically I could consider Jerry Rice better. But I don’t. Megatron will become the best WR in NFL history by the time he is done.

  30. khuxford says: Mar 14, 2012 8:49 PM

    That’s far too much money to sink into a WR, IMO, no matter how dominant he seems to be.

  31. gopack53 says: Mar 15, 2012 8:10 AM

    You could put Jesus on the Lions and they’ll still finish behind the Packers and the Bears.

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