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NFL Lines - Detroit Feeds the Lion

Posted by Marcello Messina on 3/17/2012 12:33:44 PM

NFL Lines – Detroit Feeds the Lion

The Detroit Lions have signed Calvin Johnson to an eight-year deal worth a princely $132 million, a contract which makes him the highest paid wide-receiver in the NFL. The extension will ensure that the 26-year-old remains in Detroit until at least the 2019 NFL lines season. Johnson's deal also includes an eye-popping $60 million in guaranteed money.

Young Talent
The Detroit Lions are a club in transitional mode that has been racking up Draft picks since they drafted Calvin Johnson second overall in the 2007 NFL lines Draft. The Lions have been stacking young talent since, drafting quarterback Matt Stafford in 2009, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in 2010. The Lions' nucleus of young, promising talent is starting to pay off as they made the playoffs last season for the first time in over ten years.

The 6'5'', 236-lbs Johnson, nicknamed Megatron, is a two-time Pro Bowl star who leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns with 45 dating back to 2008. Johnson enjoyed a stellar 2012 NFL lines season where he caught 96 passes for a league-leading 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns. With those numbers, Johnson became the third player in NFL history to record at least 95 receptions, 1,600 yards, and 15 touchdowns in a single season. Jerry Rice and Randy Moss are the two receivers ranked first and second – not bad names to be associated with. Johnson is also one of six receivers to record at least 45 touchdown catches for 5,000 yards in four NFL lines seasons, along with Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Marvin Harrison, and Lance Alworth.

Johnson even caught 12 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' postseason loss to the Saints, becoming the first player to catch for more than 200 yards in his first-ever playoff game.

It is truly amazing that, despite putting up these ridiculous numbers that rank with some of the greatest talents of the past 20 years, Johnson is only 26 years old. His mammoth contract extension has even dwarfed the deal of Larry Fitzgerald who signed a $120 million, 8-year deal last season.

Calvin Johnson is a proven, elite NFL talent. If quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to develop, Johnson will be looking to breaking NFL records for a few more NFL lines years yet.


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