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An early look at Johnson's future in Detroit

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By Mike Wilkening

Lions WR Calvin Johnson's contract expires after the 2012 season. Johnson's agent, Bus Cook, wouldn't share much on the prospect of a new deal for Johnson when contacted by PFW on Wednesday, citing his belief of not talking about contracts in the media. "We have to wait and see what happens," Cook told PFW, indicating he didn't yet know what the Lions planned to do. According to as well as figures obtained independently by PFW, Johnson is slated to make $14 million in salary in 2012, and it's logical to think an extension for Johnson struck before the '12 season would aim to keep Johnson in the fold for many years to come and continue to keep him among the NFL's most highly paid receivers while potentially also reducing his salary-cap number. Johnson, who turned 26 on Sept. 29, has played like a legitimate MVP candidate in helping lead Detroit to a 4-0 start, with eight TD catches. He is the first player in NFL history to have at least two receiving TDs in each of his team's first four games of the season. "He's a great kid on and off the field," Cook said. "He's what every team dreams of."

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