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Former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson held his Catch a Dream football camp at Southfield A&T High School on May 20, 2017. Video by Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP

Perhaps Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions can settle their fiasco later this summer.

After Johnson basically trashed his former team during a news conference in Italy last week, Lions team president Rod Wood said Monday he had extended a training camp invitation to the franchise’s all-time leading receiver in an interview on the team’s radio station WJR.

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“It’s a little disappointing,” Wood said in Monday’s interview with Frank Beckmann. “I kind of align myself with what Jim Caldwell said a couple weeks ago, that I think it will all work out. Calvin, interestingly, texted me a couple weeks ago, so we’ve exchanged a few text messages recently. They were very cordial. I won’t get into what they were about, but they were professional. I did invite him out to training camp. We’ll see if he does that. Hopefully he shows up. He’s a great player, we want to have him kind of in the tent, not outside the tent. And hopefully that’s the way it ends up.”

Johnson told reporters in Italy: “I was stuck in my contract in Detroit. … I didn’t see a chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall.”

He then added, “It’s the definition of insanity.”

In May, Johnson hosted his annual football camp for high school players at Southfield A&T High School. There, he told the Free Press he wasn’t “treated the way I should have been treated on the way out,” and wasn’t interested in a return to football.

In June, the Free Press reported Johnson paid back the Lions at least $1 million of the $16-million signing bonus the team paid him when he signed his most recent contract. 

Johnson retired from the Lions after the 2015 season. He played nine NFL seasons, all in Detroit, collecting 11,619 yards receiving and 83 touchdowns. He also set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,964 in 2012. 

But the Lions’ record during Johnson’s tenure was 54-90 (.375 winning percentage) with two playoff appearances, losing both times in the wild-card round.

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