‘Me­ga­tron’ signs $132M megadeal

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

ALLEN PARK, MICH. | The Detroit Lions have signed wide re­ceiver Calvin John­son to an eight-year con­tract worth up to $132 mil­lion, the big­gest deal in NFL his­tory.

The player’s agent, Bus Cook, said the con­tract an­nounced Wed­nes­day is worth $60 mil­lion guar­an­teed. That fig­ure and the to­tal value of the con­tract are NFL records.

John­son helped Detroit reach the play­offs last sea­son for the first time in a dozen years. The Lions have built one of the league’s most ex­cit­ing young teams by draft­ing John­son in 2007, quar­ter­back Matthew Stafford two years later and de­fen­sive tackle Ndamukong Suh in 2010. The chal­lenge now will be keep­ing all those stars long term.

John­son, nick­named Me­ga­tron, 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 that con­tract.

This ex­ten­sion starts im­me­di­ately and runs through the 2019 sea­son. De­sean Jack­son got his wish af­ter all. Jack­son agreed to a five-year con­tract with the Philadel­phia Ea­gles on Wed­nes­day. The deal is worth $51 mil­lion, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions told the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause terms weren’t of­fi­cially an­nounced.

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.

“We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL’S top play­mak­ers in Philadel­phia,” Ea­gles coach Andy Reid said. “De­sean is a game breaker. He has the speed and abil­ity to score from any­where on the field, and he has proven him­self to be a big threat for our of­fense.”

Jack­son has ca­reer to­tals of 229 re­cep­tions, 4,085 yards and 21 touch­downs in four years. He also has three rush­ing scores and a fran­chise-record four punt re­turn touch­downs.

The Dal­las Cow­boys have agreed to deals with quar­ter­back Kyle Or­ton and cor­ner­back Bran­don Carr.

Or­ton, who fin­ished last sea­son in Kansas City af­ter be­ing re­leased by Den­ver, has agreed to a three-year deal to be Tony Romo’s backup. Up­grad­ing the sec­ondary was a pri­mary goal for the Cow­boys in free agency. Carr agreed to a five-year deal af­ter play­ing his first four NFL sea­sons with the Chiefs.

BUCS: Tampa Bay signed All-pro guard Carl Nicks and cor­ner­back Eric Wright to five-year con­tracts. Nicks was one of the key block­ers for Drew Brees on the Saints’ record-set­ting of­fense. He’s con­sid­ered one of the best pass block­ers in the NFL. Wright, a five-year veteran, was with the Lions last sea­son af­ter spend­ing four years in Cleve­land.

49ERS: Cor­ner­back Car­los Rogers is re­turn­ing to San Fran­cisco on a $31.3 mil­lion, four-year con­tract, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. The 30-year-old Rogers, a for­mer Red­skin, shared the team lead with six in­ter­cep­tions last sea­son for the NFC West cham­pion 49ers, who now have their 11 de­fen­sive starters in­tact head­ing to­ward 2012.

VIK­INGS: Min­nesota signed John Carl­son to a five-year deal, bring­ing the tight end back to his home state. The 27year-old Carl­son spent his first four sea­sons with the Seat­tle Sea­hawks. But he missed all of last sea­son af­ter need­ing shoul­der surgery.

EA­GLES: Trent Cole agreed on a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2017. Cole is a two-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion who ranks third on the team’s all­time list for sacks with 68.

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