Rod Wood: Lions want to bring Calvin Johnson to training camp

AP

The tension between the Lions and Calvin Johnson has been palpable, and obvious.

But the Lions hope to mend fences with their former star wide receiver.

Via Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, Lions president Rod Wood said during an interview with WJR that he’s been in contact with Johnson and has invited him to training camp next month.

Between the economic issues surrounding his departure, Johnson has also opened up about the way the team’s traditional struggles contributed to his decision to retire at 30. They were 49-86 in his 135 games there, and he admitted he might have liked to have left for another team.

The hope was always that time might heal all wounds, as coach Jim Caldwell likened it to a family disagreement.

It’s probably more important for the Lions than for Johnson at this point, though they’ve been more successful on the field since he left. The business of retired legends with hard feelings can be tricky, and Johnson has made it clear he wasn’t thrilled with his circumstances.

14 responses to “Rod Wood: Lions want to bring Calvin Johnson to training camp

  1. Give it time Rod. Wait three or four years and have him back. Wait a few more and then retire his jersey.

    No need to cram everything in so quickly, you don’t have to binge watch an entire season of shows in one day.

  2. “It’s probably more important for the Lions than for Johnson at this point, though they’ve been more successful on the field since he left.”

    Huh?
    This isn’t the NBA. Big name Superstars rarely become Free Agents (Suh was an exception) and are courted to change teams. And if they do, the price tag usually breaks the cap budget. It’s a nice gesture by the Lions, but if he comes or doesn’t come, makes no difference to the teams’ success going forward.

  3. Lions go 0-16 his rookie season and showed little signs of improvement.
    Why would you sign an extension for any reason other than $$$ ?

  4. raiddawgz says:
    Jul 17, 2017 12:03 PM
    Let him un-retire and release him so he can join the Raiders!

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    Johnson is on record claiming “he wanted to play for a winner”….. Why the heck would he join the Raiders? When was the last time they won anything?

  5. nhpats says:
    Jul 17, 2017 12:34 PM
    raiddawgz says:
    Jul 17, 2017 12:03 PM
    Let him un-retire and release him so he can join the Raiders!

    —————

    Johnson is on record claiming “he wanted to play for a winner”….. Why the heck would he join the Raiders? When was the last time they won anything?
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    Because Johnson has been at the Raiders OTA’s and wants to play for the Raiders. Sorry Pat’s fans but your ride can only last so long and I can see the Raiders being a team that can knock you off the pedestal. We will see in Mexico.

  6. I’m sure having megatron standing on the sidelines in late July heat drinking Gatorade and watching walk-throughs will greatly improve his disposition.

  7. Calvin, don’t go back. You have finally disinfected yourself from the losing bug. Please don’t re-infect yourself with it.

  8. oakraidfan1973 says:
    Jul 17, 2017 12:58 PM

    Because Johnson has been at the Raiders OTA’s and wants to play for the Raiders. Sorry Pat’s fans but your ride can only last so long and I can see the Raiders being a team that can knock you off the pedestal. We will see in Mexico.
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    Are the playoffs in Mexico?

  9. nhpats says:
    Jul 17, 2017 12:34 PM
    raiddawgz says:
    Jul 17, 2017 12:03 PM
    Let him un-retire and release him so he can join the Raiders!

    —————

    Johnson is on record claiming “he wanted to play for a winner”….. Why the heck would he join the Raiders? When was the last time they won anything?

    ———————–

    Raiders are on the rise and the Patsy’s are on the way out. Might as well cheat some more while you can!!

  10. No matter where he would go, the question is ‘does Calvin want to go back to the Lions’. The other question that needs an answer is ‘who has move on from whom or what’.

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