Calvin Johnson Planning on Retiring From NFL
Winning just got a lot more difficult for the Detroit Lions. Superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who was said to be seriously considering retirement since the season ended, is reportedly officially retiring from the NFL.
The star wide receiver best known as “Megatron” reportedly informed head coach Jim Caldwell one day after the regular season ended that he was headed for retirement. More importantly, Johnson also reportedly told his friends and family before the season even started that the 2015 season would be his last.
per @AdamSchefter Calvin Johnson told head coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended that 2015 would be his final NFL year
— Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) January 31, 2016
The Lions still “haven’t given up” on the possibility of Johnson changing his mind and returning in 2016, but it appears at this point that the decision is final. Just 30 years old, Johnson will be retiring smack dab in the middle of his prime, leaving the NFL as one of the more dominant wide receivers to ever play the game.
While losing one of the game’s top wide receivers is a massive blow, the Lions still have weapons for quarterback Matthew Stafford to work with going forward. Tight end Eric Ebron took a solid step forward in his development this past season and speedy wide receiver Golden Tate flashed #1 receiver ability for stretches in his first two years with the Lions.
Detroit may be set up to withstand the big drop-off, but finding out early that Megatron is calling it quits is actually good news. Johnson’s early retirement allows the team to address the wide receiver position as early as they’d like, whether it be via trade, in free agency or in the 2016 NFL Draft. Free agency wouldn’t be a bad idea, with Alshon Jeffery soon to be one huge name that could be available to the highest bidder on the open market.
All of that being said, the Lions may not be so intent on moving on so quickly. The team could still hold out hope that Johnson isn’t completely done at just 30 year sold. Should Johnson’s career really be over for good, he caps a brilliant career with a strong 88-1,214-9 line. Johnson could be ticketed for an early trip to Canton not too far down the road, too, as he racked up 731 catches (43rd all time) and 83 touchdowns (22nd) in just nine full seasons.
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