Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson does not have a timetable for when he will decide to either retire or continue his playing career, agent Bus Cook told Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press.
Johnson, 30, hinted at retirement at the end of the regular season, one in which Detroit went 7-9 and missed the playoffs and Johnson himself had 88 catches for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. He said earlier this month that a decision could be coming “in the not too distant future.”
But the fact of the matter is that at age 30, this is a huge decision for Johnson. He has to decide whether he is in fact ready to permanently step away from the game he has played his entire life and ride off into the sunset. It’s not going to be easy, especially since one doesn’t want to retire unless they feel they absolutely have to.
Johnson has had a fine career, making six Pro Bowls in nine seasons and leading the league in receiving yards twice. He has 731 career catches to go with 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns, and the only thing he hasn’t done is make, play in and win a Super Bowl. That’s more on the Lions organization than it is Johnson, but it adds to the fact that his window is indeed closing.
Thus, expect Johnson to wrestle with this decision for a while, especially since he probably wants to end his career knowing he left it all on the field.
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