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.
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.
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.