If you were hoping the Detroit Lions and Calvin Johnson would have put aside their differences and mended their relationship by now, then I am the bearer of bad news today.
Johnson joined SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday, and was very clear that the issues he had with the Lions remain unresolved, and Detroit has done little to repair the damage.
Asked whether the Lions have reached out to try and mend those fences, Johnson said, “Ahh … no. They say they have, but no.”
The dispute reportedly stems from the fact that when Johnson retired after the 2015 season, the Detroit Lions asked that he pay back $1 million from his signing bonus in an effort to clear up some cap room. The Lions—by the law of the league—could have asked for up to $3.2 million back, however it is common courtesy for teams not to touch signing bonuses, even in cases of early retirement.


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