Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson Highest paid Wide Receiver in NFL History

By Greg Bolotin

Detroit Lions today locked up their super star wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a long term deal. The Lions signed “Megatron” Calvin Johnson to the biggest contract in NFL history for a wide receiver. He signed an extension that is for seven years and is worth close to 132 million dollars that keeps Calvin Johnson in a Detroit Lions uniform until 2019.

The Detroit Lions made the right choice by signing Calvin Johnson to an exstension before he hit the free agent market in 2013.  Signing him signals to Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions players, and their loyal fans that the Lions front office is committed to making the Detroit Lions a winner.

Calvin Johnson extension helps the Detroit Lions with the added restructuring of Matthew Stafford, Nate Burleson, and Ndamukong Suh’s contracts. Gives the Lions the salary cap flexibility to sign some of their own free agents or to sign other free agents that will improve the team going in to the 2012 season,

Without Calvin Johnson the Detroit Lions would not have made the playoffs in 2011 for the first time since 1999. He had a monster season in 2011 with 1681 receiving yards while scoring `16 touchdowns. The Lions fans will not soon forget he was a highlight real in the Detroit Lions first round playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. Calvin Johnson was the first player to have over 200 yards receiving in his playoff debut. This to go along with catching two touchdowns shows the Detroit Lions faithful what they will continue to see with having Calvin Johnson locked up for years to come.

While signing Calvin Johnson was a neccessity to get done. The Detroit Lions are not done. They need use picks in the 2012 NFL draft and signing players through free agency that will improve their aging offensive line. They will also need to sign or draft players to improve their passing secondary that was destroyed by the Saints in their playoff lost.

The Detroit Lions today took major steps in the right direction by signing Calvin Johnson, and restructuring the contracts of other stars. Keeping the Detroit Lions nucleus together going into the 2012 season, and for years to come with Super Bowl aspirations in the very near future.

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