Report: Calvin Johnson tells Lions he's retiring after nine seasons

Report: Calvin Johnson tells Lions he's retiring after nine seasons

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Calvin Johnson informed the Lions he plans to retire according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Earlier this month Johnson indicated he might walk away from football, but the idea felt far-fetched -- after an offseason of mulling it over, surely Johnson would come back to a game he's dominated for so long.

It doesn't appear to be the case, with a source close to Johnson telling Schefter "He's pretty content with his decision."

"Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future," Johnson said in a statement earlier in January. "I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future."

According to Schefter, Lions coach Jim Caldwell told him to take his time and not "rush" his decision.

After a few weeks of thinking it over (or pretending to think it over?) Johnson has apparently made a final call.

Johnson, per Schefter, told Stephen Tulloch and Matthew Stafford about the decision during the year but didn't relay it to the organization until afterwards.

The 30-year-old (he would be 31 when the 2016 NFL season begins) is 43rd all time in catches, 27th all time in receiving yards and 22nd all time in touchdown catches.

Megatron is apparently walking away from football. (USATSI)

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