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1. Season Summary
One of the preseason darlings going into last season, the Lions lived up to the hype by making their first playoff appearance since 1999. Matthew Stafford showed what he's capable of when healthy, passing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns; while Calvin Johnson led the aerial attack with 16 touchdowns receptions. They lacked consistency in the running game after Jahvid Best was lost for the season due to injury, and the secondary was their obvious Achilles heel.
2. 2011 Record
10-7; Lost Playoff Wild Card Round (vs Saints 28-45)
3. Positions Of Need
As I wrote about in my NFC needs column, the Lions have four positions they really need to zero in on. First and foremost, the secondary. Aaron Berry was embarrassed in their lone playoff game, and it's not like they have help behind him. Taking into consideration the sharp incline this team is on, they should opt to bring in young talent through the draft as opposed to signing expensive free agents. Moving...
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With the new NFL administrative year nearly upon us, the salary cap number has been established...and it's approximately the amount of the Detroit Tigers' payroll.
The Detroit News' Chris McCoskey:
The NFL has finally set the 2012 salary cap — $120.6 million. That is just a slight increase ($225,000) over the 2011 limit.
The NFL has also releseased the contract figures...
Calvin Johnson will be catching passes for the Detroit Lions for years to come.
The star receiver and the Lions have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, the team said Wednesday morning.
The Lions have called a 1 p.m. press conference to officially announce the deal.
Johnson had 96 catches for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, helping the Lions reach the playoffs...
As the offseason heats up for the Detroit Lions’ front office, decision time has finally come. The first decision made by general manager Martin Mayhew was to place the franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril.
The tag will keep Avril in Detroit for the 2012 season for $10.6 million. Both Avril and Mayhew have said that this isn’t ideal for either party, as both sides would...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. The airlines, rental-car companies and hotel operators wont benefit this year from the Lions approach to free agency.
The phone bill will replace the travel budget.
Much of the hard work will be done at their headquarters. Thats where team president Tom Lewand will lead ongoing negotiations to restructure contracts of players already signed for 2012 and beyond...
The Detroit Lions have ensured their super-star Wide Receiver, Calvin Johnson, will stay with the franchise through 2019, by signing the 26-year old player to a 7-year, $132 million contract.
The extension includes $60 million in guarantees and will pay Johnson an average annual salary of $18.86 million, making Johnson the highest paid player in NFL history.
NFL talent evaluators...
The Detroit Lions and wide receiver Calvin Johnson agreed to a seven-year contract extension Wednesday.The deal is reportedly worth $132 million with $60 million guaranteed, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Johnson had one year remaining on his current deal and is now signed with the club through the 2019 season.The 26-year-old caught 96 passes for an NFL-best 1,681 yards...
Calvin Johnson signs a major extension, worth $60 million in guaranteed money.
The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed their star WR, Calvin Johnson, to a seven-year extension deal. The contract is worth $132 million and includes $60 million guaranteed. This is the richest deal given to a wide receiver, surpassing the $120 million dollar deal that Larry Fitzgerald...
1. Season Summary
One of the preseason darlings going into last season, the Lions lived up to the hype by making their first playoff appearance since 1999. Matthew Stafford showed what he's capable of when healthy, passing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns; while Calvin Johnson led the aerial attack with 16 touchdowns receptions. They lacked consistency in the running game after...
According to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, the Lions have signed wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a seven-year extension that will lock him up with Detroit through 2019.
Johnson’s new contract will pay him close to $130 million. Which is more than the $120 million that Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald received.
Johnson had 96 receptions for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2011.
The Lions made a huge move to secure their best player for the long term, signing WR Calvin Johnson to an 8-year extension worth $132 million. The deal makes Johnson the unquestioned highest paid receiver in NFL history, surpassing the $120 mil deal Larry Fitzgerald signed with the Arizona Cardinals last season. “Calvin’s one of [...]
When Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald signed an eight-year, 120 million dollar deal last year, it was the biggest contract ever signed by a pass-catcher.
The Detroit Lions decided Wednesday to move Fitzgerald’s contract down to second biggest when they re-signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a seven-year contract extension worth $132 million.
The Detroit Lions made history Wednesday signing wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a 7 year, $132 million extension, making him the highest paid receiver of all time. The deal guarantees Johnson $60 million and surpasses Larry Fitzgerald’s $120 million deal signed last season.
Johnson, the number 2 pick in 2007, lead all receivers in yards in 2011 with 1681...
There are NFL salaries and then there are so enormous NFL salaries. Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson just received the largest salary in NFL history by signing a seven year, $132 million extension to keep him in Detroit through 2019.
The deal is just under $19 million per season with a guaranteed $60 million, surpassing the $50 million Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald received...
The Detroit Lions are getting their unwieldy salary-cap situation into shape.
The team announced they have restructured deals for quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Nate Burleson to save roughly $10 million against the salary cap.
Stafford had a $17.098 million salary-cap figure for 2012, and Burleson had a $4.973 million cap figure.