Is it possible that the Detroit Lions are finally heading in the right direction? And, is it possible that they have two of the greatest players ever at their position to lead them into a new era of football in the Motor City?
There’s certainly a possibility of both answers being “Yes” with new word out of Detroit that former Lions wide receiver and 2021 Hall of Fame selection Calvin Johnson has spoken with Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp and the talks are reportedly positive.
Calvin Johnson’s positive talk with ownership
After years of silence and hard feelings over how the team and ownership handled his early retirement, things appear to be moving in the right direction for the two sides. While there’s been no word of money being repaid or anything of that nature, positive conversations are a very good start toward reconciliation.
According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Johnson has acknowledged the possibility of fences being mended. And that bodes well for the future of the franchise and the overall treatment of their players, both current and retired.
"“I think that, I know that myself and Sheila Hamp, we’ve had some great conversations recently, and it’s been good to get to know her and just really have those face-to-face conversations. So I think that we’re moving in the right direction.”"
Bringing Johnson back in the fold along with all-time great running back Barry Sanders would mean wonders for this franchise. Two skill position players that were, at one point or another, the best player of their time in the same building and lending their knowledge to the current players can only be a benefit.
While it’s no guarantee, this is a feel-good move for an organization whose fanbase could be torn and faltering in the midst of a rebuild with a new quarterback for the first time in more than a decade. The new coaching staff is getting some positive reviews, but until the product on the field starts to win something, fans will be skeptical.
At least one of the fans’ all-time favorites could be back in good graces with the team. Put him next to another fan favorite that’s already in the building and the Lions have a new power on their side for 2021 and beyond.