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Added March 15th, 2012 by Chalk

Lions Give Calvin Johnson Megabucks In Record Extension
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The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Calvin Johnson (aka “Megatron”) to the richest extension given to a wide receiver in NFL history, a seven-year deal worth up to $120 million. According to Megatron’s agent, the deal includes $60 million in guaranteed money. And did you ever think you’d hear a player say he’d be crazy to leave the Detroit Lions? Megatron went there, perhaps in a moment of post-contract bliss.

“You see how hard it is for teams to find that quarterback, so why would you leave if you already have that quarterback?” said Megatron, referring apparently to Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who guided the team to a one-and-done playoff appearance after years of ineptitude. “How many teams are looking for a No. 1 quarterback right now? I would have to be beside myself to leave here.

Megatron also has a supportive head coach in Jim Schwartz.

Since 2008, Megatron has caught more touchdown passes (45) than anyone else in the NFL. Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald had the previous biggest wide receiver extension last year, when he got an eight-year, $120 million deal. “Calvin’s one of those guys — we’ve said this about a few guys that we have in our building — whatever they pay him is not enough,” said Schwartz. “He’s truly a special player.”

 
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