The Detroit Lions have made Calvin Johnson the highest-paid receiver in the NFL, signing the star known as Megatron to a new eight-year contract worth up to $132 million.
The team announced the signing Wednesday, the second day of NFL free agency. The player’s agent, Bus Cook, said the deal is worth $60 million guaranteed if Johnson plays all eight years through the 2019 season.
Johnson, a five-year veteran and former Georgia Tech star, is a two-time Pro Bowler and his 45 touchdowns receiving are the most in the NFL since 2008. He signed a six-year deal worth up to $64 million after Detroit drafted him No. 2 overall in 2007, and was entering the final year of a contract that was scheduled to cost the Lions $20-plus million against their salary cap.
“I’m so comfortable here now,” the 26-year-old Johnson said at news conference Wednesday. “At first, not at all, but being here for five years, being around these people here in Detroit, teammates and just the city – I’m just growing accustomed to it.”
TITANS: Peyton Manning spent nearly seven hours at Tennessee’s facility, meeting with team executives, including coach Mike Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and chief operating officer Mike Reinfeldt.
Tennessee’s team doctor, Burton Elrod, spent 90 minutes at the team’s headquarters during Manning’s visit.
Owner Bud Adams has said he will do whatever it takes to sign Manning in his chase for a championship.
EAGLES: DeSean Jackson agreed to a five-year contract with Philadelphia. The deal is worth $51 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver already was tagged as the franchise player, meaning he would have earned at least $9.4 million next season. Now, he gets the long-term security he sought last year.
Jackson held out last training camp because he wanted an extension and let the contract situation affect him. He was deactivated for a game for being late for a team meeting, dropped more passes than usual and his production dropped. But the Eagles are counting on Jackson to be the dynamic player he was in 2009-10.
BEARS: Less than a day after Chicago traded for Brandon Marshall, the Pro Bowl receiver has been accused in yet another off-field incident.
New York City police say a woman has filed a complaint alleging Marshall punched her in the face at a nightclub over the weekend. Marshall has not been charged in the incident.
PANTHERS: Cam Newton’s sideline mentor is back.
Unrestricted free agent quarterback Derek Anderson said that he’s agreed to a one-year contract to remain with Carolina.
JAGUARS: Jacksonville has a new No. 1 receiver.
The Jaguars and Laurent Robinson agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million contract, giving the team a much-needed splash in free agency.