Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is one of the best receivers in the NFL today. He has proven his worth as the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, especially after he broke the single-season record for receiving yards in 2012.
However, he has been plagued with injuries this season and it has certainly affected his play. He led the team in receiving yards with just over 1,200 and nine touchdowns, but those numbers don’t live up to the $16 million he is scheduled to make in 2016.
There has been some speculation on his future with the Lions this season and it looks like he could be considering retirement, according to the Detroit Free Press. One former teammate of Johnson’s, who remained anonymous, talked about how his injuries have taken a toll on him the last few seasons.
“There has been some conversations about it, not asking me how it is,” the teammate said. “But I think the guy’s beat up. I think he’s been through enough. And I think it’s just his time. He’s made the money, got the records, but whatever. I don’t know for sure if he’s going to do it. I don’t know if he’s going to get that itch to keep going. I really don’t know.”
The Lions could possibly give Johnson a pay cut or possibly even release him. If he was to retire, the Lions could look for him to repay some of his bonus money.
Johnson himself released a statement confirming he is mulling retirement.
“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said in a statement released through the team. “I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”
The Lions responded.
“We obviously have profound respect for Calvin and certainly understand and appreciate his decision to give proper thought and consideration to his football future,” the Lions said.
Whatever happens, it certainly looks like Johnson’s time in Detroit could be coming to an end. After just nine seasons, let’s all hope that his career isn’t coming to an end as well.
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