Jim Caldwell hopes to fix “family” issue with Calvin Johnson

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Very seldom do breakups go seamlessly, but Lions coach Jim Caldwell was surprised when Calvin Johnson’s split with the team turned ugly with recent comments.

But as a guy who tries to keep things as steady as possible, Caldwell hopes the rift can eventually be healed.

“Playing in the National Football League for a team, it’s like a family. Families sometimes have disagreements,” Caldwell said, via Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. “They look at things a little differently. I have grown children. Sometimes we look at things a little differently. We hash them out, talk them out. There’s dialogue, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love them. But we get the differences worked out.

“I think the same thing will happen in this situation. Maybe there’s a disagreement, a little different viewpoint, but the most important thing, I think, is perhaps this whole thing will bring about a little bit more dialogue.”

Johnson didn’t get into specifics, but the team’s decision to pursue $320,000 in prorated signing bonus from him upon retirement (which he could have easily avoided) seems to have been the most likely point of contention.

And while Caldwell said he hasn’t talked to Johnson, he said he texts with him regularly and hopes to get the franchise’s all-time leading receiver back in the fold someday.

“One of the things that I think you’ve noticed since I’ve been here, our practices are open to all our alumni,” Caldwell said. “They can come any time, any day. There’s no restrictions against them in terms of watching our practices and being involved.”

Of course, at the moment Johnson has been hanging out at Raiders practices, the kind of distance that’s both physical and metaphorical between the team and the latest star to have hurt feelings on the way out the door.

9 responses to “Jim Caldwell hopes to fix “family” issue with Calvin Johnson

  1. If I’m Calvin, I’m only showing up at anything to do with the Lions if I’m getting a check. Business is business and what’s good for the goose is good for the gander as well.

  2. This isn’t about the $320,000. In the big scheme of things, that’s peanuts. It was, at the time, described as a “token repayment” that both parties were satisfied with.

    It is more likely that Calvin (despite what he’s said publically) asked for his release, and the Lions told him to go pound sand, just like they did with Barry Sanders. So now CJ is butthurt over his “treatment” – just like Barry was, and probably for the same reason.

    Don’t forget that Calvin’s agent is Bus Cook, who engineered Brett Farve’s “retirements”.

  3. stoolerz says:
    May 24, 2017 1:50 PM
    Lions made the playoffs without him, nuff said.


    The sad thing is that for all the attention WRs get, the best of them have won few Super Bowls.

    They are great additions to a good team, but not core to winning.

    Rice is an example of a WR that was almost core to winning, but Montana did win without him.

    TO No Super Bowls
    Moss No Super Bowls
    Calvin Johnson No Super Bowls
    Andre Johnson No Super Bowls
    Larry Fitzgerald No Super Bowls

    The list goes on.

  4. stoolerz says:
    May 24, 2017 1:50 PM

    Lions made the playoffs without him, nuff said.


    The Lions “made” the playoffs twice and got embarrassed with and without him in the past how many years?

    The Lions have one (1) playoff win in 60 years…

    nuff said!

  5. Or just maybe Calvin is upset because he asked the Lions for his release so he could play for another team (Oakland) and the Lions declined.

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