Calvin Johnson

#81 WR / Detroit Lions / EXP: 9YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 237 lb Age: 30 College: Georgia Tech Bye 9,18,19,20,21

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: Lions will attempt to change Johnson's mind

    The Lions will do everything in their power to convince Johnson to continue playing, reports. In the wake of Sunday's news that Johnson intends to retire, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed Monday that the wideout has personally called owner Martha Ford in order "to thank them for everything." While the Lions have noted "profound respect" for Johnson and will give him time to make a decision, Rapoport released another bombshell Monday, stating Johnson wouldn't return on his 2016 salary of $15.95 million, but rather would be offered a two-year contract with reduced cap figures similar to the one signed by Larry Fitzgerald last offseason. However, because Johnson has dealt with serious ankle injuries and general body soreness the last few seasons, the Lions' potential offer of a multi-year deal likely isn't an appealing one.

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    Report: Lions WR Calvin Johnson plans to retire

    Johnson intends to retire from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Johnson shared his thought process with head coach Jim Caldwell, who urged the wideout to take his time with the decision. After tending to ankle issues throughout his career -- but more specifically over the past two campaigns -- Johnson has also dealt with increased general soreness in his body. In a statement made through the Lions' organization on Jan. 6, he stated that the call would be confirmed, one way or another, in the "not-too-distant future," but he required less than a month to uphold his desire. Once he files the proper paperwork, he'll conclude his career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in 135 games, including the second-most receiving yards per game (86.1) of any player in NFL history.

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: No timetable on decision to play in 2016

    Johnson's agent Bus Cook told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the wide receiver doesn't have a timetable regarding his decision to play next season. In a statement three weeks ago, Johnson relayed that a decision would be made in the "not-so-distant future." Because Cook clients have dabbled in the will-he-or-won't-he act in the past -- see, Brett Favre -- Johnson could very well take his time. Fortunately for the Lions' new general manager Bob Quinn, the final call won't come out of the blue, meaning all contingency plans should be in place. In the event Johnson isn't donning Honolulu blue and silver in the fall, Golden Tate would become the nominal No. 1 wideout in Detroit.

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: Scores nine times during 2015 season

    Johnson reeled in 88 of 150 targets for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2015 season. Johnson battled back for a solid rebound from 2014's injury hampered season, leaning heavily on a final six games of the season during which he scored six touchdowns. Still, Johnson was never quite his dominant self, topping 100 yards just twice, and he had a three-game stretch from Weeks 13 through 15 during which he caught only five passes. The big story around Johnson at the moment is whether he will choose to retire. Even if he chooses not to, it would be a shock if he remains in Detroit on his current salary - creating a lot of uncertainty ahead of 2016.

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: Decision imminent on his future

    Johnson released a statement Wednesday in which he said, "Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future. I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future." Once rumors began to swirl, flashes to Barry Sanders in 1999 immediately entered the mind, though the preeminent Lions legend made his decision on the eve of training camp. If Johnson makes the call to step away in the near future, the Lions' new management structure will have the entire offseason to plan for the future, with free agency and the draft available to begin that process. While the passing attack as a whole would suffer, Golden Tate would become the unquestioned No. 1 option for Matthew Stafford in the absence of Johnson.

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: Scores against Chicago in season finale

    Johnson hauled in 10 passes off of 15 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Detroit. Johnson layed out for a 36-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, potentially his final score as a Lion. If this was Johnson's final game in silver and blue, he found a way to turn back the clock to mark the occassion. Johnson tied a season high in catches, topped 100 yards for just the second time of the season and reeled in three catches of 20 or more yards in the Lions' win. It will be interesting to see what kind of pay cut Johnson may be willing to take to stay in Detroit and whether the team, under a new general manager, will be interested.

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: Active Sunday

    Johnson (ankle) is listed as active Sunday in Chicago, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Operating under a management program of his ankle for the better part of the season, Johnson was contained to just one limited session in Week 17. In reality, he requires very few, if any, practice reps to be activated on game day, and with a Bears defense on the docket that he torched for a season-high 166 yards and one touchdown in Week 6, he's a great bet to round out the campaign in top form.

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: Listed as questionable for Sunday

    Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. The report suggests that Johnson is expected to play in the Lions' season finale, a notion echoed by ESPN's Michael Rothstein, but it's still worth tracking the wideout's status in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, considering that he was held out of Friday's practice.

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: Limited practice Thursday

    Johnson (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Substantiating his claim that there's "no doubt" he'll play Sunday at Chicago, Johnson followed up a DNP on Wednesday with individual drills Thursday. With the path laid for active status in Week 17, he may not receive a favorable game-day designation on Friday's injury report, but there doesn't appear to be much question regarding his availability.

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    Lions' Calvin Johnson: No practice Wednesday

    Johnson (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice but intends to play Sunday at Chicago, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. "Yeah, I'm not going to sit just because," Johnson said. "It's usually something bugging me, if I'm not in the game it's something that won't allow me to play for the most part. So, I look forward to playing Sunday, no doubt about it." Johnson's practice reps have been managed for months, yet he's in no danger of missing his first game of the season. Bouncing back from a dry two-week stretch in which he posted two catches for 35 yards on six targets, he bounced back with six receptions (on 10 targets) for 77 yards and a touchdown this past Sunday against the 49ers.

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