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    Ex-Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson to return to Ford Field this fall


    Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions remain at odds nearly six years after the Hall of Fame receiver played his last NFL game, but Johnson will return to the stadium he used to call home for an appearance this fall.

    Johnson is scheduled to receive his Hall of Fame ring in a ceremony at the Lions’ Sept. 26 game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

    Johnson has had an icy relationship with the Lions since the team required him to repay a $1.6 million portion of his signing bonus when he retired after the 2015 season.

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    Former Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson gives his speech during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

    NFL teams are allowed under the collective bargaining agreement with players to recoup the prorated portion of a retiring player’s signing bonus, which for Johnson could have amounted to as much as $3.2 million.

    Most teams, however, do not pursue signing bonus prorations when players of Johnson’s magnitude retire.

    The Lions submitted an official proposal to bring Johnson back into the fold this spring, one Johnson deemed inadequate.



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