All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson has informed the Detroit Lions that he plans on retiring after recently finishing his ninth NFL season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the details:
Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before the past season that 2015-16 would be his final season in the NFL. He delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN.
Caldwell told Johnson not to rush his decision and to take his time, sources told ESPN. Out of respect to Caldwell, Johnson agreed to do just that, according to sources.
The Lions have not given up hope that Johnson will change his mind, but one person who knows Johnson well said, “He’s pretty content with his decision.”
Johnson will be turning 31 years old this coming Sepetember and it appears that injuries have taken their toll on his body.
Johnson is a big player that has taken a beating over the course of his career. Nine years in the NFL is a long time and this doesn’t surprise me. It’s become apparent over the past few years that he’s breaking down.
With Johnson retiring prematurely, I still believe he should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.