Mayhew said he understood Megatron's frustration

The Detroit Lions are waiting – anxiously – for Matthew Stafford to step forward and be the kind of franchise quarterback they believe he is capable of becoming.

But until the former No. 1 overall pick can overcome his quickly earned history of being injury prone, the Lions’ offense is a major work in progress with one elite player standing out – wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

It was interesting to hear Johnson lash out last month, before the Lions closed the season with a four-game winning streak, and complain about the chronic losing in Motown. He even hinted that he’d look to an exit when he becomes a free agent following the 2012 season.

Is it an issue the Lions need to address? General manager Martin Mayhew said he completely understood Johnson’s frustration.

"I had no problem with anything that he said," Mayhew said, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. "I think we all feel that. Everybody wants to win. Who doesn't want to win? Who wants to be somewhere for 10 years and never win, you know? Not me."

Johnson was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time, and he seemed to change his tune before the season ended. Obviously, he’s a player the Lions want to keep happy and winning is certainly the second best way, you know, after paying him.

“I have a great relationship with him," Mayhew said. "We get along great."

Now, if they can just keep Stafford on the field.

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