Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
3 months ago

Johnson reiterated Saturday that he plans to remain retired as an NFL player, NFL.com reports. "No. I'm not coming back," noted Johnson, who announced his plans to call it a career after the 2015 season.

EDGE Analysis

Obviously no one player can replace a talent like Johnson, and with that in mind the Lions approach training camp with a wideout corps headed by Golden Tate and free agent acquisition Marvin Jones, with T.J. Jones and Jeremy Kerley likely jostling for the team's No. 3 wideout role. In his final season with the Lions, Johnson -- who turns 31 in September -- caught 88 passes for 1,214 yard and nine TDs.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
7 months ago3 Comments

Johnson filed retirement papers Tuesday and officially announced his retirement from the NFL.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was said to be leaning strongly in this direction, but the Lions held out some hope that they could coax another year out of him. Despite dealing with constant nagging injuries over the past few seasons, Johnson finishes his nine-year career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns, having missed just nine games along the way. He averaged at least 70 receiving yards per game in every year besides his rookie campaign, most notably setting an NFL single-season record with his 1,964 yards in 2012. There will probably be comeback rumors at some point in the next few years, as Johnson turns 31 in September and just posted a 88-1,214-9 receiving line in 2015.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
7 months ago1 Comment

Lions President Rod Wood said Johnson hasn't yet made a final decision on retirement, Mike O'Hara of the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Previous reports suggested that Johnson was strongly leaning toward retirement, but with the superstar wide receiver yet to make an official announcement one way or the other, the Lions are still hoping to coax another season or two out of him. The team likely wants him to negotiate new contract terms, but it seems they'll give Johnson as much time as he needs to make a final decision.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
8 months ago1 Comment

The Lions will do everything in their power to convince Johnson to continue playing, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the wake of Sunday's news that Johnson intends to retire, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed Monday that the wideout has personally called owner Martha Ford in order "to thank them for everything." While the Lions have noted "profound respect" for Johnson and will give him time to make a decision, Rapoport released another bombshell Monday, stating Johnson wouldn't return on his 2016 salary of $15.95 million, but rather would be offered a two-year contract with reduced cap figures similar to the one signed by Larry Fitzgerald last offseason. However, because Johnson has dealt with serious ankle injuries and general body soreness the last few seasons, the Lions' potential offer of a multi-year deal likely isn't an appealing one.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
8 months ago2 Comments

Johnson intends to retire from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Johnson shared his thought process with head coach Jim Caldwell, who urged the wideout to take his time with the decision. After tending to ankle issues throughout his career -- but more specifically over the past two campaigns -- Johnson has also dealt with increased general soreness in his body. In a statement made through the Lions' organization on Jan. 6, he stated that the call would be confirmed, one way or another, in the "not-too-distant future," but he required less than a month to uphold his desire. Once he files the proper paperwork, he'll conclude his career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in 135 games, including the second-most receiving yards per game (86.1) of any player in NFL history.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
8 months ago

Johnson's agent Bus Cook told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the wide receiver doesn't have a timetable regarding his decision to play next season.

EDGE Analysis

In a statement three weeks ago, Johnson relayed that a decision would be made in the "not-so-distant future." Because Cook clients have dabbled in the will-he-or-won't-he act in the past -- see, Brett Favre -- Johnson could very well take his time. Fortunately for the Lions' new general manager Bob Quinn, the final call won't come out of the blue, meaning all contingency plans should be in place. In the event Johnson isn't donning Honolulu blue and silver in the fall, Golden Tate would become the nominal No. 1 wideout in Detroit.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
9 months ago

Johnson reeled in 88 of 150 targets for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2015 season.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson battled back for a solid rebound from 2014's injury hampered season, leaning heavily on a final six games of the season during which he scored six touchdowns. Still, Johnson was never quite his dominant self, topping 100 yards just twice, and he had a three-game stretch from Weeks 13 through 15 during which he caught only five passes. The big story around Johnson at the moment is whether he will choose to retire. Even if he chooses not to, it would be a shock if he remains in Detroit on his current salary - creating a lot of uncertainty ahead of 2016.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
9 months ago

Johnson released a statement Wednesday in which he said, "Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future. I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future."

EDGE Analysis

Once rumors began to swirl, flashes to Barry Sanders in 1999 immediately entered the mind, though the preeminent Lions legend made his decision on the eve of training camp. If Johnson makes the call to step away in the near future, the Lions' new management structure will have the entire offseason to plan for the future, with free agency and the draft available to begin that process. While the passing attack as a whole would suffer, Golden Tate would become the unquestioned No. 1 option for Matthew Stafford in the absence of Johnson.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
9 months ago

Johnson hauled in 10 passes off of 15 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson layed out for a 36-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, potentially his final score as a Lion. If this was Johnson's final game in silver and blue, he found a way to turn back the clock to mark the occassion. Johnson tied a season high in catches, topped 100 yards for just the second time of the season and reeled in three catches of 20 or more yards in the Lions' win. It will be interesting to see what kind of pay cut Johnson may be willing to take to stay in Detroit and whether the team, under a new general manager, will be interested.

Calvin Johnson
WR DET (10)
9 months ago

Johnson (ankle) is listed as active Sunday in Chicago, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Operating under a management program of his ankle for the better part of the season, Johnson was contained to just one limited session in Week 17. In reality, he requires very few, if any, practice reps to be activated on game day, and with a Bears defense on the docket that he torched for a season-high 166 yards and one touchdown in Week 6, he's a great bet to round out the campaign in top form.