Lions will meet with Calvin Johnson's agent Saturday

The agent for Calvin Johnson will meet with the Detroit Lions on Saturday in hopes of finding common ground on a contract that could secure the future of the wide receiver for the long haul and create some salary-cap space for the club.

Bus Cook will meet with the Lions, according to David Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and Johnson could be in line to surpass Calvin Johnson as the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

The Lions almost have to get a deal done and Johnson has a lot of leverage as his cap number for 2012 is about $22.5 million right now, a figure that will make it very difficult for the club to maneuver.

We’ll see where it goes, but we’ll certainly work toward trying to get it done and get it done quickly,” Cook told Birkett. “Hopefully, we can get something done in the next few weeks.”

To become the top-earning wide receiver Johnson will have to pull down more than the $120 million, eight-year contract Larry Fitzgerald received from the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions can pay Johnson a fortune and still lower his cap number in a big way in order to give them some cap flexibility they will need moving forward.

How quickly could a deal materialize for Johnson?

“I don’t know,” Cook said. “That depends on the team, where they stand with their cap in two weeks and what they want to do and how they want to structure things. We’ll just see what happens.”

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