Obviously no one player can replace a talent like Johnson, and with that in mind the Lions approach training camp with a wideout corps headed by Golden Tate and free agent acquisition Marvin Jones, with TJ Jones and Jeremy Kerley likely jostling for the team's No. 3 wideout role. In his final season with the Lions, Johnson -- who turns 31 in September -- caught 88 passes for 1,214 yard and nine TDs.
Johnson was said to be leaning strongly in this direction, but the
Detroit Lions President Rod Wood said Calvin Johnson hasn't yet made a final decision on retirement, Mike O'Hara of the team's official website reports.
Previous reports suggested that Johnson was strongly leaning toward retirement, but with the superstar wide receiver yet to make an official announcement one way or the other, the Lions are still hoping to coax another season or two out of him. The team likely wants him to negotiate new contract terms, but it seems they'll give Johnson as much time as he needs to make a final decision.
The Detroit Lions will do everything in their power to convince Calvin Johnson to continue playing, NFL.com 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.
Calvin 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 Detroit 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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