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Calvin Johnson gets 7 years, $132 million, $60 million guaranteed

Calvin Johnson, Brandon Meriweather AP

The Lions were willing to spend whatever it took to lock up wide receiver Calvin Johnson for years to come.

Johnson and the Lions are scheduled to announce a long-term contract extension this afternoon, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it’s a seven-year deal worth $132 million, with $60 million guaranteed. That makes it the biggest contract in NFL history, surpassing Larry Fitzgerald’s contract with the Cardinals.

The Lions’ website pegs the deal as “a seven-year extension worth close to $130 million.” The site also says the contract reduces Johnson’s cap hit this year, meaning they’ll have more money available to re-sign linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who now looks like their top priority in free agency.

The $60 million “guarantee” may not be fully guaranteed: As we’ve seen many times with NFL contracts, guarantees can be less than advertised. But Johnson will clearly be among the highest-paid players in NFL history, and as staggering as the numbers look, Johnson is worth it. He’s only 26 years old and coming off a phenomenal season in which he caught 96 passes for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns, then turned in a brilliant performance in the playoff loss to the Saints. And Johnson is known as a consummate professional, hard worker and good teammate who doesn’t get in trouble off the field.

This looks like a deal that should make both sides happy.

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86 Responses to “Calvin Johnson gets 7 years, $132 million, $60 million guaranteed”
  1. jeremywflores says: Mar 14, 2012 11:15 AM

    Drinks are on Megatron….forever!

  2. suhnami says: Mar 14, 2012 11:16 AM

    deserves every penny

  3. bucrightoff says: Mar 14, 2012 11:16 AM

    A beastly contract for a beastly player. He alone makes Stafford that much better, totally worth it

  4. bigbrad184 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:16 AM

    Holy hell those are some big numbers. Johnson is a phenomenal player though who has many great years left in him.

  5. davidpcoelho says: Mar 14, 2012 11:16 AM

    Mega-Millions Megatron

  6. lilrob10201 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:17 AM

    RICH FOREVER!He deserves every penny.

  7. anonimocontraditorio says: Mar 14, 2012 11:17 AM

    Well deserved Megatron.

    You’re a heck of a player.

  8. unitedstateoftexas says: Mar 14, 2012 11:17 AM

    Oh. My. God.

  9. xelcid says: Mar 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    Congrats. Now don’t get hurt Calvin!

  10. hamcamnewton says: Mar 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    Congratualitions to him.. Well deserved!

  11. vexey says: Mar 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    That is ludicrous money, and he’s absolutely worth it if he keeps up his production

  12. JC says: Mar 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    If there are any two guys who deserve to be paid so well based on their on and off the field activities its Fitz and Megatron. Well worth it!

  13. skittlesareyum says: Mar 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    Good for him; he’s earned it. It’s unfortunate that my Packers have to face him twice a year, but I have only respect for the guy. I like how he’s not a diva WR either.

  14. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    Wow. He’s worth it, but that is a hell of a lot of money for one player.

  15. lionking1071 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    Sweet….now drop kvb sign tulloch and go pick up vickers we need a beast fb boyzzzz. and i still say carr would fit in nicely also if hightower is therr at 23 we pick him

  16. pa1913 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    Best player in football

  17. spellingcops says: Mar 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    I wasn’t a big NFL fan during Jerry Rice’s heyday, but watching this guy, it’s hard for me to fathom a receiver being better than Megatron. Congrats Detroit. Best active receiver in the game, bar none.

  18. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Mar 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    he deserves every penny of it … Calvin is more than a great athlete he’s a great person … one of the rare athletes today that I dont mind my son rooting for regardless of what team he’s on (just glad he’s on mine)

    GO LIONS!!!

  19. capitala23 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    Thats A LOT of money! He’s a stud though.

  20. redguy12588 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    As weird as it sounds, he probably deserves every penny.

  21. upyoursnfu says: Mar 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    Gettin’ paid

  22. lolb23 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    ROAR RESTORED!!!

  23. rh44 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    Unfortunately for us, he now has the resources required to defeat the Autobots and rule Earth. I, for one, welcome our Decepticon overlords.

  24. tsi431 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:21 AM

    I admit, as a Packers fan, he is worth every penny. But the deal of the century is still Jordy Nelson.

  25. waxthat says: Mar 14, 2012 11:21 AM

    Drew Brees is flabbergasted.

  26. conormacleod says: Mar 14, 2012 11:21 AM

    Well, I guess if its possible for a football player to deserve that kind of money (which it isn’t) then it is him. I wonder how much my DirecTV Sunday Ticket will cost in the new tv contract?

  27. camjon32 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    Moves like this make the years of cellar dwelling palatable.

    Go Lions!

  28. doe22us says: Mar 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    Holly Lord, if indeed it is $60m wow. However, with any stretch of the imagination that is a boatload.

  29. jetfan28 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    With these numbers going around, will we ever be able to have a team like the Cowboys of the 90′s?
    Stafford will get huge money too. Though to build a team with 2 players using up 1/3 of the cap.

  30. ingraven says: Mar 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    Wow.

  31. phonymcringring says: Mar 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    Yeah they keep a big name but this silliness is not conducive to building a team.

  32. JakeDSnake says: Mar 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    Chris Carter’s eyebrows just fell off.

  33. mungman69 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:23 AM

    The Eagles will get that middle linebacker.

  34. trollhammer20 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:23 AM

    Somewhere, Wes Welker is watching the contract WRs are signing, and he’s rubbing his hands and cackling.

  35. tdk24 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:24 AM

    That’s a lot of money for a guy that can only run the “jump ball” route.

  36. cronybomb says: Mar 14, 2012 11:24 AM

    Eat it Cris Carter.

  37. skipbayless says: Mar 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    SHOWWW ME THE MONEYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. chiadam says: Mar 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    I’d like to see the real guarantees in the deal (remember when the Skins “guaranteed” McNabb $40 million?), but still, wow.

  39. skinnyskins says: Mar 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    If the Skins made this deal you all would say we overpaid.

  40. municrew says: Mar 14, 2012 11:26 AM

    And some wonder why Brees won’t sign tender. He’s probably not looking for less $ than Detroit is willing to pay their wide receiver. So CJ gets a Top 5 QB type contract, can’t wait to see Brees and Manning deals. A few teams are gonna end up “bustin’ caps” (salary caps, that is!)

  41. thetooloftools says: Mar 14, 2012 11:26 AM

    “And Johnson is known as a consummate professional, hard worker and good teammate who doesn’t get in trouble off the field”…. this how you GET PAID $$$$$. Young people should learn from this.

  42. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 14, 2012 11:26 AM

    Did the Lions run these numbers past Cris Carter?

  43. chadman128 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:26 AM

    As a Bears fan I hate to see this but I have nothing but respect for the guy. He is a stud no doubts. To bad he has a turd coaching his team!!!

  44. mylionsroaring says: Mar 14, 2012 11:27 AM

    Lets all pray he keeps up the great job he has done to this point another 7 years. WOOOO HOOOOOO

  45. chuckxx says: Mar 14, 2012 11:27 AM

    At some point in the future these guys are going to just simply price themselves out of a job. Yes, he is the best but this contract which works out to over 18.85 million per year is absolutely OBSCENE!!!!!!!

  46. lionsfan49418 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:28 AM

    Looks like Tulloch will be next. Lions have freed up more money to sign Tulloch.

  47. nflfollower says: Mar 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    I support this contract, I’m happy they got it done. But stafford will want at least this much when his contract is up, especially if he keeps going for 5000 and 40 + TDs. Good problems to have I suppose.

  48. seahawks4lyfe says: Mar 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    And watch he gets hurt after he signs that contract. That is huge money and he deserves it, he the best receiver of this decade hands down

  49. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Mar 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    Sometimes you got to open up the wallet.

  50. NoobTubeTV says: Mar 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    T.O. wants a loan.

  51. mikebe1 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    No this is megatron the skins over pay for players named josh morgan.

  52. suhnami says: Mar 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    skinnyskins says: Mar 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    If the Skins made this deal you all would say we overpaid.

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    skins would never be in position to make this deal because nobody as talented as Calvin that isn’t a complete nut case would ever consider signing with washington

  53. jacksaysfu says: Mar 14, 2012 11:33 AM

    I really want my team to sign Tulloch (Eagles) , but if they cant then they better pick up Curtis Lofton or find a way to move up a few spots in the draft so they can grab Luke Kuelchy .
    But Megatron has the potential to be the most dominant WR ever , and Stafford is an amazing QB . Detroit will be a force in this league for years to come . Thank God theyre not in my división , GB better watch out.

  54. mylionsroaring says: Mar 14, 2012 11:34 AM

    Who said the Fords were cheap? not anymore

  55. peepeetoucher says: Mar 14, 2012 11:35 AM

    Only guy in the NFL who actually deserves a huge contract. Now Stafford should chuck him another 5 million on top of that for making him look so good.

  56. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:39 AM

    Wooooow as Deion would say. PAY THE MAN! This contract will haunt the Lions in a few years. I hope he can stay healthy

  57. mwm367 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:39 AM

    OK Lions fans, be prepared to pay more for your tickets. You know it’s coming.

  58. mtheparrothead says: Mar 14, 2012 11:39 AM

    Even Matt millen could’ve gotten this one right.

  59. hugejazz says: Mar 14, 2012 11:39 AM

    Hard to fathom that kind of money. He’s a heck of a player. Possibly the best in the game right now. But the only 2 outcomes that matter to make this kind of investment on one player successful is 1) will he bring a Superbowl championship to the Lions and 2) will he make the Lions money. The reality is the second criteria is by far the most important to the Lions organization, or any organization. Anything less and the Lions overpaid.

  60. trefkennedy says: Mar 14, 2012 11:50 AM

    Megatron gonna be the 1st wide receiver, to get 2000 receiving yards, watch

  61. thetruth1313 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:55 AM

    Cris Carter thinks Calvin was overpaid 5-fold

  62. bergencountyjc says: Mar 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    Now that you got paid, please do the exact opposite of Haynesworth!

  63. philliesblow says: Mar 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    Love Calvin, but that is a lot of cap space to a player not involved in every play. If Stafford is a great QB, he should be able to make average receivers into stars. Once Stafford gets paid in a another year there won’t be any money left for the rest of the team, especially Suh.

  64. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    trollhammer20 says:
    Mar 14, 2012 11:23 AM
    Somewhere, Wes Welker is watching the contract WRs are signing, and he’s rubbing his hands and cackling.
    ====================

    Please tell me you’re joking.

    Welker puts up gaudy numbers in a very specific offense.

    No one in the league, and I mean no one, would put Welker’s market value anywhere NEAR Johnson’s. Or even Vincent Jackson’s for that matter.

    His market value would be much closer to what Marques Colston got- 5 years for 40.

    You can’t just look at stats in a vacuum. Believe me, when Welker hits the market next year, AT AGE 33, general managers around the league won’t.

  65. bringbacktheflex says: Mar 14, 2012 11:59 AM

    Awesome! The Lions will now become irrelevent for years as they watch Johnson mail in his performance with no option to replace him.

  66. restwest says: Mar 14, 2012 11:59 AM

    Dude is the best reciever in the NFL. Only close to him are Fitz and Andre Johnson. Andre was down last year and Fitz had no help.

    Hopefully he keeps it up. Lions got this one right

  67. xtutx says: Mar 14, 2012 12:01 PM

    Whoever your team is, you don’t want to hear your teams name the first several days of FA. It only means you way over paid. I’m not sure how a WR can be worth more the 10 mil per season.

  68. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2012 12:01 PM

    I wonder if JaMarcus has him on speed dial for when JaMarcus runs out of money.

  69. bucwild05 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:03 PM

    I remember when he got drafted. I remember it so well, because as a Bucs fan, and knowing the need at WR that year, we picked right after the Lions, and remember how PO’d I was when the Lions took him. Amazing contract Numbers… He deserves it.

  70. thraiderskin says: Mar 14, 2012 12:18 PM

    This is one of the most insane deals I have ever seen. He is a wide-out… he touches the ball 10% or less on just the offensive side of the ball. I would be excited as a Lion’s fan because you have a great great receiver for the next 5-7 years, but as a football fan, this is a huge joke… and I’m a Raider/Redskin fan. Wide-outs don’t win championships, Defense and QBs do.

  71. londonfletcher says: Mar 14, 2012 12:20 PM

    Good for him. Good guy on and off the field.

    Think about it though… Not knocking the Lions or Stafford, but could you imagine if somebody like Brees was throwing to this guy??

  72. blaz0037 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:20 PM

    Every year (excluding last year) he has had a bad back that has kept him out of games or rendered him a mere decoy.

    Detroit better hope THAT guy doesn’t show up again.

  73. stevenreichert says: Mar 14, 2012 12:21 PM

    Cha Ching! That’s over $18 million a season, $1.178 million a game, and $196,428 for each catch (based on 6 catches a game).

  74. rowhe says: Mar 14, 2012 12:28 PM

    This also opened up 9 mil in cap space this year. Its a great deal for the lions and megatron

  75. dachozen1 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:28 PM

    If theyre paying receivers quarterback money, then I am curious to know how knew QB contracts look. If I’m a top 5 QB I’d ask for $250 million. Receivers paid like QB’s and QB’s will be paid like baseball players. Hard to build a team around 2 or 3 massive contracts in the NFL. Suh and Stafford will be next.

  76. patriotinvasion says: Mar 14, 2012 12:29 PM

    The Lions FINALLY hit on a top 10 WR. Only took like 5 tries! Good for him though, and for the Lions. I like seeing traditionally bad teams get good. It’s good for the league.

  77. essentialsausage says: Mar 14, 2012 12:33 PM

    As a Lions fan, this makes me very, VERY happy!

  78. charlutes says: Mar 14, 2012 12:33 PM

    So Saints management, does this mean Calvin Johnson is far more valuable than Drew Brees?

    A pretty rediculous notion considering Brees makes the Saints a superbowl contender every year while the Lions can’t win a playoff game with C.J. playing extremely well.

    I nominate the Saints GM as idiot of 2012 so far. Sorry Rex Ryan you had a great run.

  79. dvdman123 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:36 PM

    The NFL owners will never learn.

  80. cwroses1983 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:08 PM

    u have to pay him, he is so good its not even funny. he is by far the best athlete ever to play the game

  81. mediasloppy says: Mar 14, 2012 1:52 PM

    I don’t understand how the Salary Cap works. If you’re guaranteed 60 million is that 60 million counted toward the 2012 cap space?

  82. davidjcu says: Mar 14, 2012 2:25 PM

    Is it just me or are the 3 very best receivers in the league right now also the 3 most humble, team player mentality, super work ethic types that teams drool over.

  83. funktron2x says: Mar 14, 2012 2:35 PM

    To everyone saying Calvin makes Stafford look so good, that isn’t nearly the whole story. he was a 75-1100-10 TD wr on average without Stafford, but a 95-1600-16 with him. It takes two to tango. And they’ll have a chance at greatness. Possibly the best arm in the game to one of the top 2 WRs in the game (respect to Larry Fitz, whom i hope gets Manning to throw to him and let him achieve his usual greatness).

  84. achamarro1 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:08 PM

    Matt stafford is 24. He put up numbers in his third year contractwise but really only 1 3/4 worth of a season. Drew breed is over thirty and didn’t have a third season near his……come on man

  85. ahs2 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:22 PM

    thraiderskin says:
    Mar 14, 2012 12:18 PM
    This is one of the most insane deals I have ever seen. He is a wide-out… he touches the ball 10% or less..
    _______________________________

    Yeah and his 16 TDs represented nearly 25% of the teams points this year…and he had like 4/5 games without a TD!!!

  86. thousandcasts says: Mar 14, 2012 7:48 PM

    Uh…for the people who say he’s “just a receiver,” you do realize that basically the entire offense runs through him and what defenses have to do to adjust to him, right?

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