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08:07 AM ET 02.03 | Reportedly facing significant salary cap problems, the Lions may have a dilemma on its hands with all-world wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Thanks to hitting most of the escalators in his current deal, Johnson has the largest 2012 cap number in the NFL at $21,081,946. Cap situation aside, trying to extend Johnson's contract was probably an off-season priority already since he's entering the final year of his rookie deal and is arguably the NFL's best wide receiver. Johnson will have a tremendous amount of leverage in negotiations with the Lions. ... Megatron's franchise number is so astronomical that the Lions might be forced to let him become an unrestricted free agent after next season if they can't agree on a new deal.

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February 3, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Got any Advil?

February 3, 2012  08:28 AM ET

And THAT is the end of the Detroit Lion resurgence.

February 3, 2012  08:29 AM ET

This is what happens when a team decides to backload a players contract.

February 3, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Optimus Prime and the Autobots will save us

February 3, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Stafford should take a pay cut to keep him. Really.

February 3, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is what happens when a team decides to backload a players contract.

Matt Millen... 'nuff said.

February 3, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Stafford should take a pay cut to keep him. Really.

Everybody should take a pay cut to keep him if that's what it takes

February 3, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Everybody should take a pay cut to keep him if that's what it takes

agree... I wonder how much Stafford and Suh would be willing to part with to keep Johnson

February 3, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

agree... I wonder how much Stafford and Suh would be willing to part with to keep Johnson

Suh needs that money to pay for his fines, which also contain escalators...

February 3, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Everybody should take a pay cut to keep him if that's what it takes

+1

February 3, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Steelers in 2013?..... nah.

February 3, 2012  09:28 AM ET

The money is crazy, but if anyone is deserves to be the highets player in the league, it's Johnson.

February 3, 2012  09:30 AM ET

The little fairy that wrote that is not only throwing his fairy all around but he is also smokeing it.Detroit will not let him go,the same BS was being thrown around with Barry Sanders also.

February 3, 2012  09:31 AM ET

They went from crappped out to capped out in three short years. What a Country.

February 3, 2012  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is what happens when a team decides to backload a players contract.

They kept getting the first player in the draft year after year when it cost you big bucks.
It is the price you pay suucckking so bad for so long. How do people think they got talented players? they went first every round.
frigg em.

February 3, 2012  09:58 AM ET

I suppose if you are feeling frustrated ...you can come to New England Mr. Megatron

February 3, 2012  10:00 AM ET

To me, it seems like someone in the Lions organization should arrange a meeting with the high-paid players (i.e. Megatron, Stafford, Suh, and whoever else is up there, I don't know the Lions' financials) and frankly go "Hey. We've got this great thing going right now. Let's work something out to keep it going."

February 3, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

To me, it seems like someone in the Lions organization should arrange a meeting with the high-paid players (i.e. Megatron, Stafford, Suh, and whoever else is up there, I don't know the Lions' financials) and frankly go "Hey. We've got this great thing going right now. Let's work something out to keep it going."

And they should be prepared to be laughed at.

February 3, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

To me, it seems like someone in the Lions organization should arrange a meeting with the high-paid players (i.e. Megatron, Stafford, Suh, and whoever else is up there, I don't know the Lions' financials) and frankly go "Hey. We've got this great thing going right now. Let's work something out to keep it going."

It would go something like this on the players you mentioned part:
Yeah, sure, just backload some of that money and increase the guaranteed amount and put in no franchise tagging or tagging of any kind. Now give me the pen..oh and a signing bonus, now

 
February 3, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

To me, it seems like someone in the Lions organization should arrange a meeting with the high-paid players (i.e. Megatron, Stafford, Suh, and whoever else is up there, I don't know the Lions' financials) and frankly go "Hey. We've got this great thing going right now. Let's work something out to keep it going."

It would go something like this on the players you mentioned part:
Yeah, sure, just backload some of that money and increase the guaranteed amount and put in no franchise tagging or tagging of any kind. Now give me the pen..

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