Clearing the Air: Detroit Lions Will Not Trade Calvin Johnson

Ross MaghielseCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2009

DETROIT , MI - NOVEMBER 26: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions looks on during the game against the Green Bay Packers on November 26, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Green Bay won the game 34-12. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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It's nearly impossible to turn on sports talk radio or pick up a newspaper in Detroit these days without hearing chatter about the prospect of the Detroit Lions trading Calvin Johnson.

Columnists Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press, Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press, and 97.1 the Ticket, have both recently touched on the subject, as have many contributors here at the Bleacher Report.

Folks, it is not going to happen.

Beyond my personal opinion that the concept of a team trading its best and only noteworthy player exceeds even a Lions level of stupidity, people within the Detroit Lions organization took strides to shoot down the rumors as well.

Jim Schwartz called Johnson "virtually untouchable" when asked about the subject recently and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said it would be "insane" to trade Johnson. Linehan also said he would be "pretty depressed" if Johnson was traded.

So would a lot of people who follow the Lions and know anything about football.

If Johnson were traded, the Lions would likely get draft picks; potentially high ones in return. Look at the history of players drafted high by the Lions.

Aaron Gibson? Bust. Charles Rogers? I think he's back in prison. Joey Harrington? Taking piano lessons. Mike Williams? Looking for a job. Kevin Jones? Bust. Kalimba Edwards? Last seen at the bottom of the Oakland Raiders depth chart and now out of the league.

Is there any need to go on?

Calvin Johnson is one of the best offensive football players in the NFL and he plays for the Detroit Lions. The notion of a bad team trading an elite player simply because they are a bad team has no precedent in the NFL; this is not Major League Baseball.

Should the Lions have traded Barry Sanders back in the day just because they were a bad team?

The two quickest ways to hinder a young quarterback's development are to put him behind a terrible offensive line and give him no weapons to work with on the field.

Matthew Stafford already has the disadvantage of being "protected" by Jeff Backus and Gosder Cherilus. Can you imagine how bad things would get if Bryant Johnson was his go-to guy?

Calvin Johnson is not going anywhere.

Let's end this subject and move on to something else.

Talk more about Tiger Woods and bimbos or Tim Tebow and the Bible. Both have more relevance than the concept of the Lions trading Johnson.