"Man, Calvin's a stud," Mayhew said this week at the NFL combine. "Calvin's a great player. He's a phenomenal player, you know? He has a very bright future -- and a very bright past, you know? -- and I plan on him being around for a very long time."
Johnson is due $12.5 million in 2015 with a cap hit of $20.5 million and $15.9 million in 2016 with a $24 million cap hit. He and Matthew Stafford account for much of the Lions' salary. With Johnson dealing with more and more injuries, Mayhew could cut ties with him at some point. But he doesn't see that happening anytime soon.
"Sometimes guys get injured. It's not a big concern for me," Mayhew said. "He's tough. He gets out there and he plays. There was one game this year -- Buffalo -- where he gutted it out. He got out there, and unfortunately, he got another shot in that game in exactly in the same spot. Which was unfortunate."
"Arguably, the best receiver in the game today, in my opinion," Tillman said. "I go against him twice (a season), we match up well. And, yeah, you have to bring your big boy pants when you're going against Calvin Johnson."
Tillman also criticized those that think Johnson has fallen off as the league's best wideout.
"They're a bunch of dummies," he said. "Trust me."
Suh is set to become a free agent in March if the Lions cannot reach a deal with him and Johnson said he wants Suh to remain a Lion.
"I'll do whatever I got to do," Johnson said.
Johnson had surgery on his ankle and finger last offseason, and while he missed three games due to injury in October, he played every game from November onward despite being limited by an ankle injury in practice. The Lions wide receiver finished with 71 receptions for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.
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