Found January 12, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- General manager Martin Mayhew has eased the panic that Calvin Johnsons contract might be too rich for the Detroit Lions to keep their superstar receiver. Johnson will be in the last year of his contract during the 2012 season, with a base salary of 14 million and a salary-cap number of more than 20 million. There has been media speculation that the impact of Johnsons contract on the teams salary cap for 2012 might be so great that the Lions would consider parting ways with him unless they can renegotiate his contract. Mayhew joked about Johnsons status at the start of his annual post-season meeting with Lions beat writers Thursday morning at the teams headquarters. You think hes pretty good? Mayhew said. We should keep him around? Seriously, Mayhew has no intention of parting ways with Johnson. His contract is workable even without a renegotiation, Mayhew added. The current situation right now is, hes under contract, Mayhew said. We intend to work on it in...

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