Calvin Johnson contemplates early retirement

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

The Detroit Lions’ star wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been contemplating retirement since the season ended, but he has not reached a definite decision yet.

Lions’ president said on the radio on Thursday, “I really don’t have a sense. And if I did, I wouldn’t talk about it.

The decision Johnson makes will definitely affect free agency for Detroit. His contract will carry a $24 million cap hit in 2016, so if Johnson decides to retire, that will clear up a lot of space for Detroit.

However, his retirement would cause a large hole to be made at the receiver position. Other receivers on the team are Golden Tate, Corey Fuller, and TJ Jones.

“Certainly, anything that we’re going to decide in free agency — and obviously, free agency will help us decide what we’re going to do in the draft — Calvin’s decision will be part of that,” Wood said. “But that’s not necessarily a deadline. It’d be nice to know what we’re going to do, but it’s not something that we’re going to force on him to make a decision prior to free agency.”

Calvin Johnson has had knee, finger, and ankle injuries over his career, which may play a part in his retirement. The 30-year-old has a major decision to make which will not only affect his future, but it will also greatly affect the Detroit Lions.

Johnson has played for 9 seasons in the NFL, all with the Lions. Over his career, he has recorded 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns.

 

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