As was expected, the negotiations between the Lions’ number one draft pick, WR Calvin Johnson and the team are progressing on schedule. As reported by Nicholas Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press, Johnson’s agent, Bus Cook stated on Monday evening that, “We’re making some headway. It’s not like we’re in a stalemate and nobody’s going to talk to anybody.” Cook also stated that there have been numerous email and phone conversations between both sides for the past day-and-a-half and are now getting into the specifics of the upcoming contract.
Lions chief operating officer Tom Lewand told the Free Press, “We’re talking. We’re trying to make progress. We continue to work at it. They want this done. We want it done. I think most of all Calvin wants to be here, and we’re going to keep working at it as much as we can.” From all indications, it looks like a deal will, in fact, get nailed fairly soon, which should be good news for all parties involved. As of this writing, Johnson still has not arrived at the Lions training camp and has missed five days thus far. The Lions need Johnson there as soon as possible as their offense will only get better with him in the fold.