Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) eludes New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper (41)during the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Lions 45-28. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Morning Headlines: Megatron wants a Mega-Deal


Lions Turning focus to deal for WR Calvin Johnson

Megatron is coming off his best season of his NFL career, reaching career highs in receiving yards with 1,681 and 16 touchdowns. He’ll likely become the highest paid receiver in the history of the NFL when he reaches a new deal with Detroit, as he should be. Detroit wants to work out a new deal with Johnson before March 13, as his current cap number would be $22 million, and the team wants to extend him to create cap space to re-sign their own free agents. Calvin is currently in the last year of his rookie contract.


Saints’ Brees ‘livid’ and will not sign Franchise-Tag Deal

It just keeps getting worse for the Saints, who are now facing heavy punishment from Roger Goodell for their involvement in Bountygate, and now their franchise QB may hold out if he can’t get a long-term deal. They really need to save face now and sign Brees to a long-term deal and focus on dealing with whatever punishment the NFL gives them. They’re likely to have several players and coaches fined and possibly suspended, and may even have to forfeit draft picks.


Manning, Colts face extended Deadline

The Colts can work with Manning to keep pushing back the due date of his $28 million option bonus, but as of now, they have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 9 to work out an agreement. Manning will likely refuse an extension, so it is expected that he will be cut by Friday, paving the way for Stanford QB Andrew Luck to become their franchise QB.



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