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Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:52 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:26 pm
 
Detroit needs to get a Megatron extension done ASAP. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Calvin Johnson established himself as the premiere NFL wide receiver during a monster 1,681-yard, 16-touchdown season in 2011. Johnson played well enough last year to unlock a $4.5 million contract bonus, but the real money he'll unlock will come between now and the beginning of the 2013 season.

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Johnson's a free agent after the 2012 season, but if the Lions get their druthers, they'll ink Johnson to an extension before then. According to Lions president Tom Lewand, via our Lions Rapid Reporter John Kreger, the team and Johnson have had "positive" talks about a new deal.

"[Johnson’s] got a good relationship with Matthew [Stafford]," Lewand said on WBBL radio. "There’s a desire to keep that [relationship] together. When that desire exists, you can get deals done."

Lewand's spot on -- we talked to Matthew Stafford at the Super Bowl, and the quarterback, working with DirecTV for their "Displaced Fan" contest, said he'd love to play his entire career with Megatron.

"Yeah, obviously we'd love it," Stafford told CBSSports.com. "We'll see if it happens. I know they'll probably start talking about something here pretty soon and hopefully they can get something done. He's a great talent and a great teammate and hopefully a guy I get to play my whole career with."

What makes the Johnson deal particularly interesting is that the Lions need to extend him, and they need to do it quickly if they want to remain competitive in 2012. Johnson's set to make $14 million in base salary alone, and that doesn't count all those incentives, which will put him north of $21 million in terms of his salary-cap number.

Re-negotiating Johnson before this season not only avoids an impossible franchise-tag situation (120 percent of his base salary from 2011), but it creates cap space for the Lions to go after other players and address other needs.

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Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

Johnson is probably the best receiver in the NFL right now, and I would never begrudge a man for making what he can while he can get it.  That said, I hope he understands that the higher his salary gets, the worse off his team will be.  No true superstar wants to be the highest paid player on a losing team.



Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

Typical BS. As your avatar suggests.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:01 am
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

Detroit is good once every ten years, get out of Detroit while your young dude!  Stafford is fragile as a bag of Lays potato chips and won't be able to stay healthy like the team needs, get out!



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

to get all the pieces in place the lions need to use the Pats way of thinking. Take all the good free agents even if you dont need them and trade them for draft picks in the future. This is why the Pats can still post winning seasons and yet get great draft picks.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

The Lions need to do whatever it takes to lock in their stud WR.  Calvin Johnson is the leagues absolute best WR.  The next best guys being Andre Johnson, Roddy White, and Larry Fitzgerald are not even close to the big man.  Lock him in!!!



Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

It wasnt really surprising at all !



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:54 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

Now that's a Wide Receiver. The Stafford/Johnson duo was one of the most surprising and powerful combinations last season. Keeping both together will be a crucial factor for Detroit to remain competitive.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

As per their belief in the value of their picks, the Vikings fans will soon come to the conclusion that a 4th round pick for Calvin Johnson would be fair for both teams...



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

Hey notwhatuthink:

The nickname 'Megatron' was hung on Calvin Johnson by ex Lion Roy Williams the summer the movie Transformers came out.  He was acting as his own publicist and dubbed Johnson 'Megatron' and tried to say he was Optimus Prime. 

Williams personal nickname didn't stick, but Johnson's did.






Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

Ahhhh the cost of success....$$$$$$.  Ok Lions...this is not complicated.  He's your best offensive player..don't piss around...as Prime would say "PAY THE MAN!!!"


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