Detroit Lions will try to repair relationship with Calvin Johnson
Since Calvin Johnson hung up the cleats after playing nine years with the Detroit Lions, the two sides haven’t had any contact, but team president Rod Wood would like to change that. Speaking at a “Taste of the Lions” event at Ford Field on Wednesday, Wood said that it was on the agenda to talk about ways to get him back involved.
“I haven’t really talked to Calvin in the last little bit,” Wood said, via Justin Rogers of the Detroit News. “It’s kind of funny that you asked. I had it on my agenda today to talk internally about some things to re-approach him about getting back involved. That’s on the agenda this year, reaching out to him. We have Barry [Sanders] coming in this week for a couple events and I want to try to find a way to do something similar to what we’ve been doing with Barry, if Calvin would be interested.”
Johnson retired from the team and the team forced him to return $1 million from his signing bonus. He also told the media after retiring that he was frustrated the Lions wouldn’t allow him to leave so he could try to win a championship somewhere else.
Wood hopes that Johnson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a couple of years and his goal is to have the two sides having a good relationship by that point.
It’s unclear if Johnson has any interest in having a relationship with the team, but the Lions are going to find out.