Wide receiver Calvin Johnson signed an eight-year, $132 million contract — worth a record $60 million in guaranteed money — that will keep him a Detroit Lion through 2019.
“Megatron” got a megadeal.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson signed a new eight-year contract Wednesday, worth $60 million guaranteed, that will keep him a Detroit Lion through 2019.
All-Pro Johnson’s deal is worth a reported $132 million total, and the guaranteed money is the most in league history.
“That deal is signed, right?” said Lions coach Jim Schwartz, turning to Johnson at a news conference to announce the contract. “I’d have had held out for money, Calvin.”
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Johnson, 26, surpasses Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald — eight years, $120 million, including $50 million guaranteed — as the highest-paid receiver in the league.
“It wasn’t a lot of confrontation,” Johnson said of the negotiations. “We weren’t butting heads or anything. It was just something that we knew needed to get done.”
In Detroit, Johnson lived up to his nickname with his spectacular receptions in 2011, catching 96 passes for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading the Lions back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Johnson are the only players in league history with at least 95 receptions, 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns in a season.
Another All-Pro, guard Carl Nicks, left New Orleans for Tampa Bay and a five-year, $47.5 million contract. Nicks is considered one of the league’s best pass blockers.
Former 1,000-yard rusher Peyton Hillis is getting a fresh start in Kansas City after a drama- and injury-filled second season in Cleveland, where he rushed for 1,177 yards in 2010.
Hillis won a nationwide fan vote to be the cover subject for the “Madden NFL 12” video game last offseason, but rushed for a mere 587 yards last season.
High-profile free agents who haven’t decided where to play include quarterback Peyton Manning and defensive end Mario Williams.
Manning, who was released by the Indianapolis Colts last week, met with a group of Tennessee Titans officials for about 6 ½ hours at team headquarters in Nashville.
Manning previously met with Denver, Arizona and Miami officials.
Williams, previously a Houston Texans standout, met with the Buffalo Bills and is to return Thursday morning.
Williams’ agent, Ben Dogra, in a text to The Associated Press, wrote: “We are still continuing to talk.”
Philadelphia agreed on a five-year, $51 million contract with wideout/kick returner DeSean Jackson.
St. Louis and ex-Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan agreed on a five-year, $50 million deal.
Tampa Bay has been among the busiest teams in free agency, hardly surprising after the Buccaneers slumped from 10-6 to 4-12 last year.
Nicks joined ex-Detroit cornerback Eric Wright, who got a five-year deal worth a reported $37.5 million. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay added ex-San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson for five years and $55.55 million.
Bears’ Marshall is accused
CHICAGO — Brandon Marshall, a Pro Bowl receiver traded from Miami to Chicago on Tuesday, has been accused of striking a woman.
New York City police say a woman filed a complaint alleging Marshall hit her in the face outside a nightclub at 3:50 a.m. Sunday.
Bears and Dolphins officials said Wednesday they knew about the alleged incident before the trade.
• Former Dallas player Laurent Robinson, who was born in Fort Lewis, agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million contract that gives Jacksonville a No. 1 receiver. The Jaguars re-signed defensive end Jeremy Mincey, giving him a four-year contract worth $20 million.
• Indianapolis signed defensive end Cory Redding, a former Seahawk who played for Baltimore the past two seasons.
• Cleveland released guard Eric Steinbach, 31, who missed last season after back surgery and was to make $6 million this season.