The Detroit Lions made big news this morning with the announcement that the team had signed all-pro star receiver Calvin Johnson. The deal is reportedly worth $132 million over the course of seven years.
Johnson had only one year left on his current deal and many Lions fans were beginning to get nervous about a deal getting done. It is Detroit after all and fans have reason to worry based on past failures of the franchise.
This was not only a big deal because of the money spent on Johnson, but because the team has now locked up Matthew Stafford’s favorite target long term. The team now has their young quarterback and receiver signed as cornerstones of the franchise for the foreseeable future.
This marks a big change with the “new” look Lions as the team tries to shed its negative image from years past. Detroit fans could not have fathomed that their team would have spent this type of money on a star duo like Stafford and Johnson in the past.
Times have changed in Detroit and today’s deal is a good indication that the Lions are moving forward with high hopes ahead in the years to come. The Lions have a 1 p.m. EST press conference where the deal will be announced.
The team can now focus on adding depth to the offensive line and secondary through the draft or fee agency.