Lions Sign Top Pick But QB Drew Stanton Is Out For The Season

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Rookie wide receiver Calvin Johnson signed a six-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Friday, ending the No. 2 overall pick's eight-day holdout.

Johnson's signing allowed him to get into camp for workouts, where he was out catching passes Friday morning. Fellow wideout Roy Williams said a day earlier that "the rookie needs to get in here."

Johnson and the team agreed to terms at 2 a.m., and he signed the contract at 8 a.m., said Lions executive vice president Tom Lewand

Johnson was regarded by some as the best player in the draft after catching 78 passes for 1,202 yards and 15 touchdowns during his All-America junior season at Georgia Tech. He won the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top college receiver.

The Lions made room for Johnson on the roster by placing quarterback Drew Stanton — a rookie second-round pick out of Michigan State — on injured reserve, meaning he's out for the season. Stanton underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in the week.

The Lions, 3-13 last season, in April made Johnson the fourth receiver taken with their first pick in the past five drafts.

"He's going to be a big part of getting us to where we want to go," Lions president Matt Millen said after Johnson was drafted.

The Lions are 24-72 and have missed the playoffs every season since Millen joined the front office in 2001. The soft-spoken Johnson figures to get ample opportunities in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's pass-happy scheme.


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