Johnson insisted that his playing career is over and he will not come out of retirement, Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com reports. "I'm not coming back," Johnson said Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I'm enjoying my time off. I'm enjoying things I couldn't do when I was playing."
Johnson's rights are still owned by the Lions and it's reported that the relationship between the franchise and receiver was irreparably damaged when Detroit demanded that Johnson return part of his signing bonus following his 2016 retirement. Although there seemed to be a sliver of hope that he might resume his playing career after Johnson was reported to have a number of suitors during the 2017 season that were interested in acquiring his rights via trade, nothing ever came to fruition. It's safe to say that the legendary wideout has officially hung up the cleats for good.
Two teams have spoken to the Lions about potentially trading for Johnson's NFL rights, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.
The Lions told the interested teams to speak directly with Johnson, who hasn't publicly expressed any desire to come out of retirement. It seems like an extreme long shot, but the 32-year-old might give it a bit of thought if he could get a nice payday from a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Johnson isn't believed to be on good terms with the Detroit organization and presumably has no interest in rejoining the only team he's ever played for. He probably would've come out of retirement over the summer if he had any real interest in playing.