It’s going to take a lot of money from the Detroit Lions to mend the relationship between the franchise and team legend Calvin Johnson.
But it appears that Megatron has informed the Lions exactly how much it will take to fix the rift. In a recent interview with sports journalist Graham Bensinger, Johnson declared that he just wanted the $1.6 million the Lions made him repay after he retired back.
Johnson said that the Lions haven’t made much of an effort to resolve the rift with him. He said it’d be “nice” if the Lions were willing to resolve the money issue, but he made it clear he won’t be jumping through hoops to fix it himself.
The former Lions star wide receiver has had an icy relationship with the team for years. But it was magnified at his recent Hall of Fame induction, when the extent of the rift between the two became more open.
Megatron named his price 👀
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) September 15, 2021
From 2007 to 2015, Calvin Johnson had one of the most dominant stretches at his position in NFL history. He led the NFL in receptions, yards and touchdowns at least once, and still holds the record for most receiving yards in a single season.
Johnson retired after the 2015 season, at the age of 29. It was reminiscent of Barry Sanders’ controversial retirement at 30 just 15 years earlier.
Lions fans love Calvin Johnson, but it’s clear that the two sides have drawn lines in the sand.
Will the team give Johnson what he wants in order to mend the relationship?