Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is not expected to need offseason surgery.
Johnson underwent finger and ankle surgery last offseason. Set to be 30 in September he should still be able to play at a top level wide receiver for a few more years.
“Coming along. I’m not 100 (percent) yet, but that’s what the offseason’s for, to get right. So reload and get ready for next year” said Johnson on Saturday.
Johnson caught 71 passes for 1,077 yards and 8 touchdowns last season across 13 games.
While Johnson will be back for the 2015 season the Lions would also like to get Ndamukong Suh signed.
Suh will not be giving the team that drafted him any discounts as he reportedly seeks to become the NFL’s highest paid defensive player. It will be tough to fit Suh into the cap with Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford taking up so much room.
Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley are also free agents.
Fairley, 27, is expected to leave the Lions via free agency. He has dealt with weight issues and has struggled to be consistent at times while on the field. Still Fairley should have little trouble finding a contract which exceeds what the Lions are able to pay him.