(DETROIT) — The Detroit Lions have made sure that wide receiver Calvin Johnson continues to blossom into one of the best wide receivers in the NFL under their watch. Detroit has signed Johnson to a seven-year deal worth $132 million with $60 million guaranteed.
Johnson’s deal is the richest contract ever given to wide receiver, exceeding the $120 million given to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. “Megatron’s” deal keeps him under contract with the Lions through the 2019 season. Johnson was entering the final year of his contract when he was selected second overall in the 2007 draft.
Johnson emerged as a superstar for the Lions this season after he caught 96 passes for 1,681 yards while also scoring 16 touchdowns. He helped lead the Lions to their first winning season since 2000, and made the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
In the team’s lone playoff game this past season, Johnson caught 12 passes for 211 yards, which was an NFL record for a player in his playoff debut.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN