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The Detroit Lions are apparently making an attempt to repair their relationship with one in every of their all-time nice gamers.

Lions president Rod Wooden stated Monday on WJR-760 that his group has invited Calvin Johnson to coaching camp as their visitor after the previous vast receiver opened up lately about his sick emotions towards the group brought on by the Lions’ remedy of him on the finish of his profession.

“We exchanged a couple of textual content messages. They have been very cordial,” stated Wooden, in line with NFL reporter Mike O’Hara.

He added, in accordance with O’Hara: “Hopefully he exhibits up. We would like him within the tent, not outdoors the tent.”

Johnson additionally just lately admitted he retired partially because of the Lions’ incapability to construct a Tremendous Bowl contender round him. He claimed he considered persevering with his profession, however stated the Lions would not think about releasing or buying and selling him.

“I did not see an opportunity for them to win a Tremendous Bowl on the time, and for the work I used to be placing in, it wasn’t value my time to maintain on beating my head towards the wall and never going anyplace,” Johnson stated final week.

Johnson holds almost each vital receiving document in Lions historical past and was one of many staff’s hottest gamers throughout his 9-yr profession, so Detroit is well avoiding extra dangerous press by inviting Johnson again into the fold.