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Lions notes: Calvin Johnson reacts to Wednesday's NFL signings

Lions notes looks at Calvin Johnson's reaction to Wednesday's NFL signings and Tony Oden's coaching trip to Japan.

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  • Wednesday turned out to be a pretty eventful day in the NFL, as four of the players who were previously franchised signed long-term deals: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. (The New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul was unsurprisingly the only franchised player who didn't get a long-term deal.)

  • The Bryant and Thomas deals are particularly interesting given how similar they are:
  • Houston's deal is also quite notable considering how much money he is now set to make in the coming years: (Even Gostkowski cashed in, at least by a kicker's standards, as he received a $17.2 million deal over four years.)

  • Calvin Johnson took notice of these developments and shared his thoughts on the deals on Twitter: (I guess Johnson's contract wasn't quite as big of a headache for the Cowboys and Broncos after all.)

  • Detroit Lions cornerbacks coach Tony Oden was recently in Japan to coach at the Nihon University Phoenix Football Academy.

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