Detroit Lions legend Calvin Johnson has made it abundantly clear that he won’t be forgiving his former team anytime soon. A report about what he turned down from the Lions should be pretty strong proof of that.
Johnson has reportedly been at odds with the team ever since they forced him to repay $1.6 million for retiring while still under contract. The Lions apparently attempted to get Johnson his money back, but with a catch that Johnson didn’t appreciate.
According Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions offered Johnson $500,000 a year for three years in exchange for working 28 hours with the team in each of those years. But Johnson reportedly refused, saying that he simply wants to get the money he’s owed.
“I mean, it wasn’t what I paid back, put it like that. So they’re not serious,” Johnson told the publication. “That’s all.”
The Hall of Fame wide receiver reportedly took umbrage with the Lions firing the employee who leaked documents detailing the offer to Johnson. That Lions employee was a friend of Johnson, and their firing “didn’t help” mend the relationship.
This is a little complicated, but the Lions have made an offer for Calvin Johnson to rejoin the family. Here are some of the details, an explanation of why the team can’t just throw money at him, and the latest on where things stand w/the two https://t.co/ML5NYA04XX via @freep
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 6, 2021
From 2007 to 2015, Calvin Johnson was one of the NFL’s most dominant receivers. His massive frame earned him the nickname “Megatron,” and his incredible athleticism allowed him to make some of the biggest highlight reel touchdown grabs of the past decade-plus.
Johnson was a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time First-Team All-Pro. In 2012 he broke the NFL record for receiving yards in a season with 1,964.
But regular season success largely eluded Johnson. The team had just two winning seasons in nine years, and he was a part of their infamous 0-16 campaign.
He retired at age 30 and was just selected for the Hall of Fame this year.