Found February 14, 2012 on Pro Football Talk:
Detroit Free Press reporter Dave Birkett talks cap space for the Lions and what must be done to re-sign key players. Calvin Johnson holds the utmost of power and needs a restructured contract in order to keep the Lions cap-safe. Also, what’s in store for Kevin Smith?

Lions working on extension for Calvin Johnson

According to John Kreger of, Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand has indicated that they’ve had some positive negotiations with wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s representatives in order to get a contract extension completed. “(Johnson’s) got a good relationship with Matthew (Stafford),” Lewand told WBBL radio via CBSSports. “There’s a desire to keep...

Lions must restructure Calvin Johnson’s contract

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...

Calvin Johnson’s $21 million cap number ties Lions’ hands

Yes, the Lions have receiver Calvin Johnson under contract for one more year.  Yes, they’d like to extend his contract. But the reality is that they need to. Johnson’s cap number for 2012, according to a source with knowledge of the contract, exceeds $21 million.  That figure comes from a $14 million base salary, a…

Ticker: Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford make fantasy football top 10 at

Aren't all mock drafts just fantasy? Anyway, Michael Fabiano has two Lions in the top 10 of his first mock fantasy draft at Calvin Johnson at No. 8 and Matthew Stafford at No. 9. In fact, they're the only Lions among the 50 players listed.

Matthew Stafford shoots ESPN ad, scopes out Calvin Johnson replacements from rooftop

The Detroit Lions' young star quarterback throws some passes from ESPN's roof after filming a "This is Sportscenter" commercial.

PFT Live 2/14: Dave Birkett, Joel Segal

Mike Florio talks to Dave  Birkett of the Detroit Free Press about the Lions cap space, their key free agents, and Calvin Johnson’s contract. Mike talks to sports agent Joel Segal about Rany Moss’ return to the NFL, Marques Colston’s future with the Saints, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis‘ impressive no-fumble stats.  

Lions exec says team, Johnson both want to work out contract

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand told WBBL radio in Michigan that the team has begun talking with representatives of receiver Calvin Johnson about his contract.

Faulk downplays Stafford's stats

Sniping season continues for retired NFL stars who are taking potshots at the Lions star quarterback-receiver duo of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Johnson was in the cross hairs early in the season when Cris Carter did not rank him among the NFLs top five receivers in an interview on ESPN. Carter later changed his mind about Johnson -- in a presidential election year, well...

Detroit Lions Links: Could Nate Burleson or Corey Williams be cap casualties?

As the Lions work to sign Calvin Johnson and Cliff Avril to long-term extensions, they may have to trim some other players from the roster.
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