Calvin Johnson joins Raiders for first week of OTAs

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Ten years ago, the Raiders didn’t want Calvin Johnson. They now do. Sort of.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Johnson will join the Raiders during the first week of Organized Team Activities. He’ll attend as a guest of offensive coordinator Todd Downing.

It’s unclear whether Johnson will be observing or participating in any of the coaching. It’s also unclear whether Johnson is dipping his toe in the water regarding the possibility of coming back to football in a non-playing capacity.

The Raiders held the first overall pick in the draft in 2007. They took quarterback Jamarcus Russell, passing on Johnson and greasing the skids for a tailspin that the franchise finally is emerging from.

24 responses to “Calvin Johnson joins Raiders for first week of OTAs

  1. As usual the Raiders assemble a hell of a team for Madden. Madden 2013
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    Yeah cuz their 2016 team was just terrible, am I right?

  2. Everybody wants in. Best weather, best fans, storied history, silver and black, worst stadium in sports.

    Mostly good.

  3. Said it before , will say it again Johnson was nothing but a pile up the stats guy who didn’t give a damn about winning . After his retirement he talked about all his injuries like he was the only player ever to play through them . Thinking the only thing he could be teaching is how to be a quitter , at crunch time on the field and turning his back on his team off the field .

  4. sgordon909usdm419 says:
    May 23, 2017 3:43 PM
    As usual the Raiders assemble a hell of a team for Madden. Madden 2013
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    Yeah cuz their 2016 team was just terrible, am I right?

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    How many postseason games did they win?

  5. Johnson made far too much money to subject himself to the hours required to be a good coach. He’s just hanging out with some football guys, nothing to see here.

  6. I have no doubt Megatron can still ball. You don’t just go from a tremendous athlete to fat slow porker in one year. I KNOW he’s still a gamer.

  7. r8rsfan says:
    May 23, 2017 4:11 PM

    Everybody wants in. Best weather, best fans, storied history
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    You sound like a Steeler fan, crowing about titles won when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

    The raiders haven’t won squat since before most of the guys on their roster were born.

  8. Stop… Calvin Johnson still has a year on his contract with the Lions and there’s no way they would relinquish his rights to play for another team. CJ and Downing have history together from the Lions in 2011-2013.

  9. Ironically Al Davis the man who should have drafted but passed on Calvin would have gone for all the bonus money back not just a measly 10 percent. Haha have Calvin.

  10. Trade a conditional 5th for his retirement rights.
    Hell, let’s get Patrick Willis out of retirement too.

    Championship!

  11. 2005 Raiders drafted CB Fabian Washington

    The next pick was Aaron Rodgers.. lmao

  12. Megatron…another “fake” PR scheme by Davis to bring betrayed Raider fans to oakland……. lame duck games. Don’t be a sucker…..if you must watch, save money and get DirecTV, but don’t spend hundreds to fill Davis’s pockets.

  13. I would like to see CJ work out a deal with the Lions like Lynch did. To the guy that mentioned he has a year left on his Lions contract I would say look at ML’s not much different. With Cooper and possibly CJ, Lynch with Carr looks good to be a Raiders fan these days.

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