Tag:Tom Lewand
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:52 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:26 pm

Lewand: Lions have 'positive' talks with Megatron

Detroit needs to get a Megatron extension done ASAP. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Calvin Johnson established himself as the premiere NFL wide receiver during a monster 1,681-yard, 16-touchdown season in 2011. Johnson played well enough last year to unlock a $4.5 million contract bonus, but the real money he'll unlock will come between now and the beginning of the 2013 season.

Latest NFL News, Notes

Johnson's a free agent after the 2012 season, but if the Lions get their druthers, they'll ink Johnson to an extension before then. According to Lions president Tom Lewand, via our Lions Rapid Reporter John Kreger, the team and Johnson have had "positive" talks about a new deal.

"[Johnson’s] got a good relationship with Matthew [Stafford]," Lewand said on WBBL radio. "There’s a desire to keep that [relationship] together. When that desire exists, you can get deals done."

Lewand's spot on -- we talked to Matthew Stafford at the Super Bowl, and the quarterback, working with DirecTV for their "Displaced Fan" contest, said he'd love to play his entire career with Megatron.

"Yeah, obviously we'd love it," Stafford told CBSSports.com. "We'll see if it happens. I know they'll probably start talking about something here pretty soon and hopefully they can get something done. He's a great talent and a great teammate and hopefully a guy I get to play my whole career with."

What makes the Johnson deal particularly interesting is that the Lions need to extend him, and they need to do it quickly if they want to remain competitive in 2012. Johnson's set to make $14 million in base salary alone, and that doesn't count all those incentives, which will put him north of $21 million in terms of his salary-cap number.

Re-negotiating Johnson before this season not only avoids an impossible franchise-tag situation (120 percent of his base salary from 2011), but it creates cap space for the Lions to go after other players and address other needs.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.
Posted on: July 9, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 3:31 pm

Lions GM pleads guilty to DUI

Lions general manager Tom Lewand pleaded guilty to DUI Friday and received six months of probation. Lewand admitted to having several drinks of Vodka June 25 and then getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol level of .21 (legal limit is .08).

The Detroit Free Press offers details of the hearing:

When Lewand's arraignment hearing before Judge Daniel L. Sutton in 83rd District Court began, Roscommon County Prosecutor Mark Jernigan requested a conference in the judge's chambers to discuss "subsequent events, rather than the plea."

After the brief conference, Lewand's attorney, Todd Flood, told the judge Lewand wished to stand mute on the charges and had reached a plea agreement with the prosecutor. Jernigan said the agreement included dismissing a charge of refusing to take a PBT (breath test).

No word yet on what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken by Roger Goodell.

--Andy Benoit

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter
Category: NFL
Posted on: June 29, 2010 6:17 pm

The police video of Tom Lewand's arrest

If you've got some time to kill and you want to show your kids the dangers of alleged drunken driving (or you just want to remind yourself), Mlive.com has the dashboard video of police stopping Lions president Tom Lewand last Friday night.

Have a look at this link . You see Lewand’s truck weaving from side to side. You see the cop ask him, “How much have you had to drink,” and Lewand replies, “Not a thing.” “Not a thing?” Nooo. I haven’t had a thing to drink in about a year and a half.” “Really? What am I smelling then? “Um, I don’t know, uh, not sure. Uh, breath mints?”

Even after the cop says he can smell the liquor on his breath, you have to admire the resolve of Lewand to stick to his story. But it’s painful to watch him ponder if he should or should not take a breathalyzer test. If he refuses, the police tell him he’s going to jail. If he blows, he knows he’s most likely in trouble (he later registered a 0.21 and a 0.20, according to the police report. That's more than twice the legal limit).

After showing you this, I’ll probably leave this topic alone for a while – at least until we hear from commissioner Roger Goodell. But it’s never good when a team president has a video like this out there online.

--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.

Category: NFL
Posted on: June 28, 2010 3:39 pm

An update on Tom Lewand

Further adding to my point from Sunday that Lions president Tom Lewand – who was arrested last Friday on a DUI charge – needs to be punished and punished severely , the Detroit Free Press wrote today that Lewand’s blood-alcohol contest was more than twice the legal limit. According to the police report, he also told police that he hadn’t taken a drink in a year and a half and that he was the designated driver that day.

From the article:

The report says Lewand performed a couple of field sobriety tests but did not walk heel to toe, as requested, and could not balance on one leg. He also touched his upper lip when asked to put his finger to his nose.

After initially refusing to take a breath test for blood alcohol level, Lewand later took the test, registering a .21 and a .20.

In Michigan, a driver is considered drunk if his blood alcohol level is more than .08.

Lewand later issued a statement, saying, “I am deeply sorry for my actions and take full responsibility for them. As a person in active recovery, I am committed to taking all necessary steps to insure nothing like this ever happens again."

--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.

Category: NFL
Posted on: June 27, 2010 8:04 pm

Lewand should be punished like any other player

Lions president Tom Lewand was arrested Friday night and charged with DUI, and Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp writes that, if Lewand is found guilty, he needs to face the same action as players caught in the same situation.

My take: Lewand should be punished and punished severely. Players get DUIs, and to some extent, people yawn. Let’s face it, players are – by and large – young and rich, and young people with plenty of change in their pocket commit stupid acts (the same is true for young and poor people, it should be noted). But when you have a top team executive who’s committing stupid acts that can kill innocent people, it’s just a little bit different.

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and take full responsibility for them,” Lewand said in a statement. “As a person in active recovery, I am committed to taking all the necessary steps to insure nothing like this ever happens again.”

Owner William Clay Ford also released a statement: "Tom made a very serious mistake and he appropriately owned up to that mistake. As he continues to seek professional assistance for this problem, the Lions will support and help him in any way possible. I continue to have full confidence that Tom will positively lead our organization as he has since assuming his current role of team president. He has all my support."

That’s fine. I’m not saying Lewand should lose his job. I don’t think he should. And I truly hope he gets the help he needs and comes out a better person. But he deserves to be punished for his actions, the same as any player in the NFL. I imagine commissioner Roger Goodell will see to that.

--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com