Calvin Johnson: Feud with Lions won’t be resolved until team ‘figures out’ how to pay $1.6M he’s owed

Through his distinguished career in the NFL as a member Detroit Lions, former All-Pro wide-angle receiver Calvin Johnson was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame this year – his first eligibility. While Johnson’s career is cause for celebration, Megatron and the Lions still don’t celebrate together.

In the years since his sudden retirement at the end of the 2015 season, Calvin Johnson has grown distant from the only NFL Team he has ever played. The dispute arose over a $ 1.6 million owed to the broad recipient.

Johnson spoke about the feud between him and the Lions in an interview with Graham Bensinger.

“I’m not going to close the chapter, but I’m not going to back down to try to do something, because I didn’t do anything. I’ve done my job, ”Johnson said. “I’m not saying they have to pay me $ 1.6 million up front, but they need to find a way to do it, not make me work for it. Because I have already done all the work for this. “

According to an August story by Dave Birkett of Detroit Free PressJohnson was forced to pay the Lions $ 1.6 million of his signing bonus when he retired after the 2015 season. The Lions allegedly offered Johnson a three-year deal in which Johnson would pay $ 500,000 a year to participate and donate $ 100,000 to Johnson’s charity, but Johnson did not accept the offer, believing it showed that the team was “not serious” about solving the problem. … problem.

Johnson admitted in an interview with Bensinger that the way Lions owners treated him in retirement versus how other franchises treat retired players is a major part of the problem.

“You see (Tony) Romo coming out, you see Andrew Luck coming out, you see their owners taking care of them,” Johnson said. “When we played with the Lions, you see (possession) in training, but it was not common when I played … They just see us, we are just pawns. We are just numbers, they don’t see individuals, they don’t see people.

“I’m just now starting to study ownership. I never spoke to them when I played. “

The post-career dispute between Johnson and the Lions is unfortunate given that Johnson was one of the greatest players in both recent and overall franchise history. Number 2 in the 2007 overall ranking. NFL DraftJohnson won six Pro Bowl and was four All-Pro, including in 2012 when he led Nfl in reception yards (for the second year in a row) and reception areas.

Johnson ended his career with a total of 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. In addition to being inducted into the 2021 Professional Football Hall of Fame, Johnson has also been inducted into the NFL squad for all decades of the 2010s.


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