Megadeal for Megatron: Lions lock up star WR
Allen Park, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a new eight-year contract.
Johnson's deal keeps him in a Detroit uniform through 2019 and is reportedly worth $132 million, $60 million of which is guaranteed. His contract makes him the highest-paid receiver in the history of the NFL, exceeding the $120 million deal the Arizona Cardinals rewarded Larry Fitzgerald last year.
The numbers the 26-year-old Johnson put up last season were staggering. He had 96 catches for a league-best 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns, all career highs.
Taken second overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, Johnson has developed into one of the game's most dynamic weapons, and no one is happier about Wednesday's news than quarterback Matthew Stafford.
"Glad to have him back," Stafford told the team's official website. "He deserves it and I am extremely excited to get the chance to hopefully play for a long time with him."
Stafford and wide receiver Nate Burleson recently agreed to restructure their respective contracts to give the Lions an extra $10 million in cap space.
For his career, Johnson has caught 366 passes for 5,872 yards and 49 touchdowns over five seasons.
03/14 13:45:07 ET