Found February 12, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
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According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Detroit Lions have to work out an extension for wide receiver Calvin Johnson because his cap number for the 2012 season will be over $21 million, since he hit all of the escalators in his contract during the 2011 season.

If the Lions can’t restructure Johnson’s deal, it will make it very difficult for them to get an extension done with defensive end Cliff Avril, as well as other free agents.

The good news is that Johnson had a spectacular season, the bad news is that it’s going to cost the Lions monetarily.

 

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