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Report: Former Lions WR Calvin Johnson Gave Back $1 Million from Signing Bonus

Calvin Johnson paid back the Lions a lot more than originally thought from his signing bonus and wrote the team a check for at least $1 million, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the franchise’s greatest receiver made a payment to the Lions for at least seven figures when he retired in March 2016.

That’s significantly more than the $320,000 NFL Players Association records showed Johnson paid, or about 1/10th of the $3.2-million signing bonus proration the Lions would have been entitled to under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

The Lions required Johnson to pay back part of the $16-million signing bonus he earned on the contract he signed in spring 2012.

Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said today the team had no comment on how much money Johnson has paid back.

Johnson was unavailable for comment


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