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Calvin Johnson elected as first-ballot Hall of Famer


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I'm shocked, honestly. I think his career had flaws that put him on the edge of being a HOFer at all. But it's called the Hall of Fame for a reason - the more fame and personal juice you have, the more qualified you are, and Calvin always had that. Now I hope the Lions can get right with him, just give his dang money back. Hire him as a consultant and pay him a bunch to do next to nothing.

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He got his money and then some. If anyone needs to make right, it's him. He decided to retire one year into his 7 year extension. He told no one on the team ahead of time other than Stafford. The partial money he gave back was outlined in the contract he negotiated in bad faith. He's already made tens of millions for doing next to nothing with his extension. And he's badmouth the organization ever since. I'm happy for him for making the HoF.

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guy was the most dominant WR from 2010 till he retired Period...Better then any WR to this day Period! this isn't f*en D.K. M this is Calvin Johnson! the guy that put up 1900+ yard record! If the lions bring him back somehow to work with the WR and DB's man what a plus.. Saying anything that  he wouldn't be a benefit is an idiot! and like always this dumb team needs to give back money to the man that gave so much more then any other player for the Lions! Body and mental/brain health.

  

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36 minutes ago, Louis Friend said:

He got his money and then some. If anyone needs to make right, it's him. He decided to retire one year into his 7 year extension. He told no one on the team ahead of time other than Stafford. The partial money he gave back was outlined in the contract he negotiated in bad faith. He's already made tens of millions for doing next to nothing with his extension. And he's badmouth the organization ever since. I'm happy for him for making the HoF.

Sure, the Lions can just continue to treat it that way and continue to lose face. Dumb.

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How are the Lions "losing face"? They made him the highest paid WR in history, that was not surpassed for over 7 seasons when Michael Thomas got paid. They signed him to a 7 year extension, eliminating any chance of re-signing Ndamukong Suh, and building around him and the offense. He decided to retire and told no one on the team (other than Stafford) until the season was up and left the Lions hanging with a massive cap hit. They asked him for some of the money back he got after negotiating in bad faith for a contract he had no intentions of honoring. What exactly have they done wrong? 

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55 minutes ago, Louis Friend said:

How are the Lions "losing face"? They made him the highest paid WR in history, that was not surpassed for over 7 seasons when Michael Thomas got paid. They signed him to a 7 year extension, eliminating any chance of re-signing Ndamukong Suh, and building around him and the offense. He decided to retire and told no one on the team (other than Stafford) until the season was up and left the Lions hanging with a massive cap hit. They asked him for some of the money back he got after negotiating in bad faith for a contract he had no intentions of honoring. What exactly have they done wrong? 

Yep just continue to be an embarrassing mess of a franchise instead of parting with what amounts to pocket change in the overall scheme of things. Smart move

What you really want as a NFL team is for players to think that if they're an all time great for their team, and they give your whole career to them until you gotta walk away, you'll claw back money from them. Really gives a warm feeling to guys. 

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25 minutes ago, Louis Friend said:

If you're worried about Calvin's pocket change, that's on you. 

Yes thats a really excellent message to send to guys who you might draft or try to sign as free agents to your team. Very smart indeed to tell them hey if you're thinking about how we might treat you as an employee of our franchise, that's your problem. Really REALLY smart messaging there.

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6 minutes ago, Superduperman said:

Yes thats a really excellent message to send to guys who you might draft or try to sign as free agents to your team. Very smart indeed to tell them hey if you're thinking about how we might treat you as an employee of our franchise, that's your problem. Really REALLY smart messaging there.

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6 hours ago, Superduperman said:

Yes thats a really excellent message to send to guys who you might draft or try to sign as free agents to your team. Very smart indeed to tell them hey if you're thinking about how we might treat you as an employee of our franchise, that's your problem. Really REALLY smart messaging there.

The passive aggressiveness is strong with you. 

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6 hours ago, Superduperman said:

Yes thats a really excellent message to send to guys who you might draft or try to sign as free agents to your team.

Don't sign huge contracts with a bunch of guaranteed money if you aren't planning on playing that contract out? I think that's a fine message.

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48 minutes ago, TL-TwoWinsAway said:

Don't sign huge contracts with a bunch of guaranteed money if you aren't planning on playing that contract out? I think that's a fine message.

Or at least some of it 

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16 minutes ago, HashtagFTW said:

Or at least some of it 

Right?

I can't believe Calvin is mad about this. It's reported that he only had to pay back $1Mish of a $16M bonus. They could've demanded that he pay more. They didn't. He signed the deal knowing he wasn't going to play it out.

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2 hours ago, HashtagFTW said:

The passive aggressiveness is strong with you. 

It's called rhetoric 

The point is, the Lions (and you guys) can go on being smug in how right they are. See what it gets you. A first ballot hall of famer who hates your franchise for nickel and diming him and all the players in the league, now and for years into the future, thinking about that when they think about your team. Its worth a million dollars to erase that, all day.

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You know what will also be on players minds if the Lions don't fix this, is how out of the Lions' three best players of the modern era, two of them retired with potential years left to play, and the Lions making it clear publicly that they would never trade them, and one wanted out of town and the Lions graciously sent him exactly where he wanted to go. I'll leave it to you to speculate on what the difference is between those guys, because I'm sure you'll all howl with indignant outrage if I spell it out. But don't think for a second that difference is lost on a huge segment of NFL players. The Lions need to accommodate Calvin. Fair or unfair.

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