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Calvin Johnson about to unlock $4.5M bonus?

Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:35 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 12:50 pm
Do not get in the way of Mega and his money. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Incentive clauses in NFL contracts are pretty standard business. But the one that Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson could unlock on Sunday is quite the doozy, as it's worth $4.5 million.

Johnson, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, needs to complete five of seven possible goals in order to unlock the contract. Those seven goals are: record 12 or more receiving touchdowns in a season (check), get in Pro Bowl and play (check), play in 80 percent of the Lions plays in the season and have Detroit wins 9 games (check), lead NFC in receiving TD (he currently does), lead NFC in receiving yards (he currently does), lead NFL in receiving TDs and lead NFL in receiving yards.

So to recap, Johnson has completed five of those goals (with the exception of playing in the Pro Bowl, though he'd probably get out there with one leg if it was worth $4.5 million) and currently has two more tentatively completed.

Johnson has 1,437 receiving yards on the season, putting him just 81 yards behind league leader Wes Welker and 79 yards ahead of the Giants Victor Cruz, who's second in the NFC. (He's also 129 yards behind Steve Smith for those wondering.)

Johnson's 15 touchdowns pace the NFC with only Jordy Nelson (12) and Jimmy Graham (10) also in double-digit touchdown receptions this season. (Rob Gronkowski also has 15 teeters, but he's in the AFC, clearly.)

Since we can pencil in the NFC touchdown title for Megatron, there's a very good chance he unlocks this bonus on Sunday. All he needs is to catch the same number of scores as Gronk or have Cruz stay within 80 yards of his total. In this scenario, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown likely lock down the bonus for Johnson.

And it will likely mean that the Lions will happily hand him the money and then, already heavily invested in the NFL's best wide receiver, try to get him even more during the offseason before Megatron gets to his first contract year, which should be a scary thought for NFL defensive backs.
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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:03 pm

Calvin Johnson about to unlock $4.5M bonus?

Suspend your disbelief for a moment and imagine that the Detroit Lions get to the Big Dance this year; also, that nobody thought to include a clause allowing CJ to combine playing in the Super Bowl with being voted into the Pro Bowl as one of his five. (That's easier to picture, because Hawaii came AFTER that hallowed day under the old ecclesiastical calendar, when his contract was signed.) Bye-bye bonus, Mr. Megatron!

Okay, no biggee, because Bill Ford's a mensch and Marty Mayhew is nobody's fool; they'll just give him that bonus money anyway. TWEET! TWEET! TWEET! TWEET! Oh, oh, don't look now, but Roger Goodell's thrown a flag! "Boy, this oughta be good, Dan." (An empty suit speaks.) "OMFG!! Noooo, he didn't really SAY that, did he?!" "I'm afraid so, Chris. (pregnant pause) You heard it here from the horse's *ss, America. 'It's against the rules to pay a player any money, except that spelled out in a contract pre-approved by the league'. Calvin Johnson was TOO GOOD a football player to get paid what he's earned. He outperformed his contract and there is no joy in Mudville. Tiny Roger has struck out."

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Since: Jan 1, 2012
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