Detriot Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson just became the highest player in the history of the NFL. At 6’5′ weighing in at 240 pounds, Megatrons contract was reported to be for seven years worth an estimated $132 million dollars. $60 million of that amount is guranteed, which will keep him in Detriot throughout the 2019 season, thus making his deal the richest ever in the history of the NFL.
Johnson was the No. 2 overall pick out of Georgia Tech in the 2007 NFL Draft right behind Jarmacus Russell who is not even in the league anymore.
This is a well deserved contract for a guy who has a laid back demeanor about him, letting his play on the field speak more volumne than his mouth. Megatron had a career season in 2011, in which he led the NFL in receiving yards, the NFC in touchdowns; catching 96 passes for 1.681 yards and 16 touchdowns which helped the Lions reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Both Johnson and Lions president Tom Lewand said they hope this deal brings Johnson one step closer to retiring as a Lion.
“I’ve heard a lot of players talk about this, whether it be a Peyton (Manning) or whoever, just guys that have played in the league a long time, Hall of Fame guys,” Johnson said. “The comfort level you receive being able to be in one place for a long time is unlike any other.
One, having security, not having to worry about where am I going to be. And then two, having a good team, having a lot of guys locked up on this team that you’ve had success with and that you just continue to grow with.”
With Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford healthy all year, the Lions had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL last season and they will be looking forward in continuing to have more success this year and the coming future.