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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Feb 8 - 1:07 PM

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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'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'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.
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

New Lions GM Bob Quinn won't push Calvin Johnson for a decision on his 2016 status.

Quinn said he will reach out when the time is right. Quinn's guess is probably that Megatron will want to return after taking some time to think about it. Even if Johnson does commit to playing for 2016, it's possible Quinn will want/have to redo his deal. Megatron is due $15.95 million, and has an outlandish cap number.
Jan 11 - 2:39 PM

A source told ESPN's Ed Werder that Calvin Johnson told his mother "he wasn't sure wanted to play any more," and cleaned out his locker unlike other Lions veterans.

A source told Werder that "Calvin is the kind of guy who says, 'If I don't feel I'm into this 100 percent, then I need to decide if want to be in at all.'" These are indications Megatron is seriously contemplating retirement, though the season just ended. It's entirely possible Johnson gets the "itch" again in a matter of months, if not weeks or days. Our bet is still that Megatron will keep playing, but it'll be a big story for at least the rest of January.
Jan 6 - 10:48 PM

The Lions can save $11 million in cap space by releasing Calvin Johnson.

They could also seek to recoup $9.7 million in bonus money if Megatron retires. According to the Detroit Free Press, some in the Lions' organization still "doubt he will follow through" on Johnson's consideration of retirement, but that doesn't mean Johnson won't be released outright under Detroit's new GM.
Jan 6 - 9:27 PM

Calvin Johnson released a statement Wednesday confirming he is considering retiring from the NFL this offseason.

"Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future," Johnson said. "I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future." Set to turn 31 this year (in September) and coming off myriad injury-plagued seasons, Johnson simply seems worn down. Hopefully he'll sit down, rest up, and decide to continue his career after his body heals. But it's clear that this could be it for Megatron.
Jan 6 - 2:25 PM

According to the Detroit Free Press, "several people who know" Calvin Johnson think he could retire this offseason.

"There has been some conversations about it, not asking me how it is," said one former teammate. "But I think the guy's beat up. I think he's been through enough. And I think it's just his time. I don't know for sure if he's going to do it." Megatron has missed five games over the past three seasons due to knee, finger, and ankle injuries, and he's been limited to decoy duties in several others the past two years because of a high-ankle sprain. He rarely practices, and it all may simply be taking a toll on him. At the end of the day, we'd expect Johnson to play in 2016, but he'll be 31 this year, and his time may be winding down.
Jan 6 - 2:15 PM

Calvin Johnson secured 10-of-15 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Bears.

And on a high note ends an eyebrow-raising 2015 season; Johnson devoured Tracy Porter relentlessly in this one. Still, Megatron cleared 100 yards in just 2-of-16 games, while his season-long usage was more along the lines of a possession receiver than a big-play weapon. Megatron flopped repeatedly down the stretch, posting three games of three catches or fewer in the final five weeks and more often than not showing an inability to get open against mediocre NFL cornerbacks. Megatron should have a season or two left as a capable NFL starter, but that may be it. We're anxious to see where his fantasy ADP lands in 2016. $9 million of his forthcoming $15.95 million base salary is guaranteed.
Jan 3 - 5:22 PM

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