The Detroit Lions have completed a mega move for the franchise, signing wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a seven-year contract extension that keeps him in Detroit through the 2019 season. The team will announce the deal at a 1:00 p.m. CST press conference on Wednesday.
Johnson, who was due to become a free agent after the 2012 season, led the NFL with 1,681 receiving yards in 2011, and added 96 catches and 16 touchdowns on his way to an All-Pro selection. The former number two overall pick has career totals of 366 receptions, 5,872 yards and 49 scores in his five years as a pro, all of which have been with Detroit.
The Lions reached the playoffs in 2011 for the first time in 12 seasons after finishing a turnaround season with a 10-6 record.