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Calvin Johnson | Wide Receiver | #81

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 237
College: Georgia Tech
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (2) / DET
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Matthew Stafford said he thinks Calvin Johnson is retired for good.
"He retired because he wanted to," Stafford said. "That’s it." We were not aware there was a question about Johnson's intentions, but this should help put any lingering thoughts to bed. The Lions added Marvin Jones in free agency to help fill the void created by Megatron's retirement. May 19 - 11:04 AM

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Lions WR Calvin Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.

Johnson filed his retirement papers, making the transaction official. In an offseason of legends hanging up their cleats, Johnson's stepping-away is the biggest shocker. He's only 30 years old and would seem to have another 4-5 seasons left if he chose. But Megatron hasn't been able to stay healthy for the better part of the past three seasons, though he did start all 16 games in 2015. Johnson missed a ton of practice time with ankle issues, however, and his body just seemed to be breaking down. Johnson was legitimately one of the most dominant receivers of all time and has a strong Hall-of-Fame case despite playing just nine years. Megatron's 731 career catches rank 43rd all time, while his 83 touchdown catches are 22nd. Golden Tate now steps into the Lions' No. 1 receiver role, but fully expect the team to look for another bonafide outside weapon. Detroit also hopes Eric Ebron will finally take a gigantic step forward in his third NFL season.
Mar 8 - 11:05 AM

The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions "hope to know" Calvin Johnson's 2016 status in the next 24 hours.

There have been multiple anonymous reports on Johnson's intentions, but he's maintained radio silence on the matter since January. It lends credence to the theory that Johnson wants to force his release from the Lions before formally retiring. That way, Johnson would be a free agent if he decided to return. The Lions can't afford to wait much longer, as Johnson has an absurd $24.008 million cap number for 2016.
Mar 7 - 5:42 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports Calvin Johnson "has no money concerns" and isn't attempting to lure a raise out of the Lions with his retirement plans.

Per Robinson, Megatron's camp "took exception" at the Combine to the notion that Johnson was threatening to retire in an attempt to get more money. Robinson reports it's "expected to be several more weeks" before Johnson makes a formal announcement about his plans. The Lions have to be hoping Megatron makes a decision soon so they can plan their offseason accordingly. For now, the Lions should be planning as if Johnson won't play.
Feb 28 - 7:46 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett tweeted Sunday his "final prediction" on Calvin Johnson is that Johnson retires.

Birkett didn't cite sources or report this; the tweet was in response to a Twitter question and provided Birkett's gut feel. A longtime Lions beat reporter, Birkett's gut feel is as notable as anyone's not named Calvin Johnson.
Feb 28 - 1:18 PM

Lions president Ron Wood said Calvin Johnson has yet to decide if he will retire.

"If he wants to come back, we'd love to have him back," Wood said. "If he decides to retire, we're going to support that, too." Wood added GM Bob Quinn has spoken to Johnson, but the organization is not putting any pressure on him to make a decision. Every sign has pointed to Johnson retiring, but the decision is not yet set in stone.
Feb 18 - 10:29 AM

Golden Tate said Calvin Johnson's "body just isn't holding up."

"When the rumors came out he was going to leave Detroit...I thought it might have been a money thing, or his contract was up, is what I initially thought. Because he showed up to work as the same Calvin that we've always known," Tate said. "But his body just isn't holding up." The Lions have reportedly had concerns about Johnson's ankles for several seasons. He missed three games and was limited in others with a high-ankle sprain in 2014, and his practice time was scaled back because of ankle issues last season. Dealing with real health concerns, it is not surprising Johnson is seriously considering retirement.
Source: MLive.com
Feb 8 - 1:07 PM

Lions president Rod Wood is hoping to introduce Calvin Johnson to GM Bob Quinn sometime next week.

Wood said he's kept in touch with Johnson, exchanging texts as recently as Wednesday. Johnson hasn't officially announced his retirement yet and the Lions are hoping a sit-down with Quinn will help him change his mind. If Megatron does return in 2016, the Lions will likely have to re-work his contract.
Feb 5 - 4:10 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions informed coaching candidates during their 2014 search of "concerns doctors had for [Calvin] Johnson's longevity and the condition of his ankles."

This means the Lions have known any season could be Johnson's last for at least the last two years, and yet they still failed to adequately address the position in the last two drafts, which were two of the best receiver classes in recent memory. Dealing with real health concerns, all indications are Johnson is serious about retirement. He just turned 30 in September.
Source: ESPN
Feb 4 - 8:49 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions' "goal" is to retain Calvin Johnson with a Larry Fitzgerald-esque extension.

That's after they convince him to keep playing. Johnson has yet to publicly announce his intentions, but multiple reports suggest he's serious about retiring. If he changes his mind, the Lions apparently won't be paying him his $15.95 million salary, which comes with a monumental $24 million cap number. Fitzgerald agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal under similar circumstances last offseason.
Feb 1 - 5:16 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Calvin Johnson has already called Lions ownership to "thank them for everything."

In other words, he's saying his goodbyes. The league and the media that covers it seem to be having a hard time believing that Johnson, who doesn't turn 31 until September, is actually retiring, but all his actions suggest he's deadly serious. Unfortunately, it's looking like we've seen Megatron play his last snap.
Feb 1 - 5:13 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Calvin Johnson told Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he plans to retire.

Megatron informed Caldwell of his retirement decision "the day after the regular season ended." Per Schefter, Johnson had told friends and family he planned to make 2015 his final NFL year before the season began. The Lions reportedly "haven't given up hope" that Johnson will change his mind, but a "person close to him" says Johnson is "pretty content" with his decision. Johnson turned 30 years old in September. He has the entire offseason to reconsider -- with a $16 million salary hanging in the balance -- but there seems to be no question Megatron is serious about retirement at this point in time.
Jan 31 - 5:14 PM

Calvin Johnson's agent says there's no timetable for Johnson's retirement decision.

Johnson said he expected to reach a decision in the "not-too-distant future" earlier this month, but that no longer appears likely. Megatron is a superstar wrestling with the biggest decision of his career, so the Lions are unlikely to push the matter before the start of free agency. We wouldn't expect a Brett Favre-style waffle into the summer.
Jan 26 - 2:08 PM

MLive's Kyle Meinke believes firing Jim Caldwell would have hurt the chances Calvin Johnson returns to the Lions next season.

Keeping Caldwell may not make it more likely Johnson returns because it just maintains the status quo, but firing the well-liked coach would have made Johnson's retirement decision easier. With Caldwell and OC Jim Bob Cooter staying in town, Johnson will not have to learn a completely new scheme if he decides to play another year. Lions GM Bob Quinn has said he will not push Johnson for a decision any time soon.
Source: MLive.com
Jan 16 - 1:24 PM

Matthew Stafford believes Calvin Johnson is "serious" about considering retirement.

"I think, anytime Calvin says something, it’s not for show, it’s something serious," said Stafford. "I think you guys have covered him long enough to know that he’s a pretty measured person, and everything that he says to the public is a thought-out thing. So in that regard, I’m sure it’s thought-out." Johnson reportedly told his mother "he wasn't sure wanted to play anymore" and cleaned out his locker after the season. Johnson would not mention retirement if he was not serious about it, but he could certainly change his mind as the disappointing 2015 campaign shrinks in the rear-view mirror. New Lions GM Bob Quinn has said he will not push Johnson to make a decision, but Calvin may have to redo his deal to return. Johnson is owed $15.95 million with a $24 million cap hit in 2016.
Jan 14 - 10:37 AM

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