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Calvin Johnson | Wide Receiver | #81

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 237
College: Georgia Tech
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (2) / DET

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, two teams have approached the Lions in the last week about trading for the rights to Calvin Johnson.
Schefter colleague Chris Mortensen said the Eagles and Jaguars are the two teams. The Lions seem open to the idea and have told interested teams to reach out to Johnson and gauge his interest. However, Johnson's interest in a potential return remains minimal, making it unlikely that a deal will come to fruition ahead of Tuesday's 4 PM ET trade deadline. The Lions have maintained Johnson's rights since his retirement at the end of 2015. Oct 29 - 10:05 AM

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Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reports "at least a half-dozen teams" have tried to lure Calvin Johnson out of retirement, but that he hasn't entertained the possibility.

Per Freeman, some of the attempts have been "fairly fierce." Johnson has been making the camp rounds this summer, notably snubbing the Lions, with whom he still has bad blood. Johnson is only 32 years old (in September).
Aug 10 - 4:33 PM

Calvin Johnson admitted the Lions' constant losing was one of the main reasons he decided to retire in March 2016.

Megatron has slowly started to open up more on his decision to walk away at 30 years old. He admitted he thought heavily about wanting to change teams, but the Lions wouldn't release him from his contract, so he retired instead. Detroit has since made Johnson repay more than $1 million of his signing bonus and continues to alienate another one of its all-time greats, just like it has with Barry Sanders. Still 31, Johnson could probably still be one of the best, but the Lions will continue to hold his rights, making a comeback not in the cards.
Jul 11 - 10:00 PM

Retired WR Calvin Johnson was present at the opening of Raiders OTAs on Tuesday as a guest instructor.

New Raiders OC Todd Downing was a Lions assistant for half a decade when Megatron was also in Detroit, so Downing invited him out to allow the Raiders' receivers to pick his brain. Johnson continues to reiterate he has no plans to come out of retirement. As the Lions own his rights still, it would obviously have to happen in Detroit. Johnson now works with draft-eligible wideouts.
May 23 - 9:13 PM

Retired WR Calvin Johnson reiterated he has no plans to return to the NFL.

"I'm not coming back, man," Johnson said. "Look, man. I got stuff that's going to hurt for the rest of my life. I got a finger that's literally bone-on-bone." Johnson said his ankle still bothers him and he has a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Johnson just wrapped up the Dancing With the Stars season, finishing third, and admitted he's quit lifting weights and plans to just enjoy watching football on Sundays again. At 31, Megatron sounds legitimately happy in retirement.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 10:08:00 AM

Retired WR Calvin Johnson will participate in the next season of "Dancing With the Stars."

Several other current and former NFLers including Antonio Brown and Hines Ward have participated in the show. At the very least, this announcement should put thoughts of a 2016 return to bed.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 09:25:00 AM

Retired Calvin Johnson told ESPN E:60 that he took painkillers "every day" during his playing career.

Megatron stated team doctors handed out painkillers "like candy" early in his career, before scaling back as it progressed. "You can’t take Toradol and pain medicine every day, you know. You’ve got to give that stuff a rest, and that was one thing I wasn’t willing to do." Megatron also admitted he had his "fair share" of concussions. Johnson added that he might have put off retirement for another few years if the Lions were more competitive: "If we would’ve been a contender, it would have been harder to let go." Johnson turns 31 in September.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 10:54:00 PM

Calvin Johnson said he knew 2015 would be his last year in the NFL before the season began.

Johnson has not wavered in his retirement decision, but that will not stop the comeback questions from popping up every time he is in public. He was asked about the future at his "Catching Dreams" football camp on Saturday, and he swatted down any talk of unretiring. Unfortunately for people who like to watch elite receivers dominate, Johnson has played his last NFL snap.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 12:56:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 19, 2016 11:04:00 AM

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.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 11:05:00 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.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 05:42:00 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.
Sun, Feb 28, 2016 07:46:00 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.
Sun, Feb 28, 2016 01:18:00 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.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 10:29:00 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.
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 01:07:00 PM

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