Loyalty from OC Ben Johnson to net raise from Lions

Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson is back with the Lions, and there is a reported reward after the popular candidate for head-coaching openings decided to return to Detroit.NFL Network reported Thursday that Johnson will be welcomed back with an enhanced contract and a large raise for spurning overtures from other teams.Johnson had virtual interviews to become head coach with three teams, and was scheduled for a second, in-person interview on Wednesday with the Carolina Panthers.But Johnson opted to instead return to the Lions in 2023, which will be his second season as OC. The 36-year-old was promoted to the play-calling role after the 2021 season, replacing Anthony Lynn.Quarterback Jared Goff delivered a stellar season and credited Johnson, but joked he’d stop relaying how good he was in order to keep him around.”He’s been as instrumental as any coach I’ve ever had,” Goff said. “Our communication is as good as I’ve ever been a part of, and he does a great job with not just me, but everybody. … But if he does end up (leaving for a head-coaching job), I’ll be thrilled for him. He’s a hell of a coach, and that’s why you get in this profession, is to do that.”