Calvin Johnson became the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL after signing an 8-year $132 million contract, which comes with $60 million in guaranteed money. The two-time Pro Bowler's new contract supersedes the $128.5 million (8-year) contract that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald received last year.
Johnson, nicknamed Megatron, who was drafted second overall in the 2007 draft has helped to revive the Detroit Lions putting up exceptional receiving numbers and helping the team return to the playoffs this past season - the first time since 1999. In his first five seasons, Johnson has amassed 5,873 receiving yards and 49 TDs.
Let's take a closer look at his performance from last season, which was his best yet in which he had 96 receptions, averaging 105.1 yards per game and had 16 TDs.
Yards Per Game - 105.1
During the 2011 season, Johnson put up 105.1 yards per game, which was tops in the NFL ahead of Wes Welker's 98.1 yards per game.
Yards Per Reception - 17.5
Yards After Catch - 545 yards (5.68 YAC per catch)
Johnson is not only deadly in the air but proves elusive after the catch as shown by the 545 Yards After Catch he produced in 2011, which was 8th best in the NFL.
Receiving TDs - 16 TDs
After just 5 seasons in the NFL, Johnson has solidified himself as one of the best wide receivers to play the game. If he continues his amazing play he will find himself being readily mentioned with the likes of Rice, Moss, Owens, Carter and Harrison.