Megatron gets megadeal from Lions

Posted March 14, 2012 @ 10:54 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Lions have agreed to a new contract with WR Calvin Johnson that keeps the All-Pro in Detroit through 2019. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is for $132 million over seven years, with $60 million guaranteed. It is  the biggest contract for a wide receiver in the NFL, surpassing that of Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald.

Johnson, who was the No. 2 pick of the 2007 draft, has been an elite player since entering the league. During his five-year career, the receiver has posted 366-5,872-49 receiving, making the Pro Bowl in both 2010 and '11. Last season, he set an NFL record by scoring two touchdowns in each of the team's first four games.

In teaming with QB Matthew Stafford, Johnson has helped the Lions become one of the league's top offenses. This deal allows them to continue that, while also creating some salary cap flexibility that will allow them to work out extensions for Stafford, DT Ndamukong Suh, DE Cliff Avril and others in the near future.