ESPN recently reported that Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has decided to retire from the NFL. But has he really?
Lions team president Rod Wood claims they’re still waiting for Johnson to make a decision.
“It’s still in Calvin’s camp to make a decision,” Wood said, via Mike O’Hara of the team’s official website. “I talked to him on Monday. [G.M.] Bob Quinn talked to him. Calvin has not made a decision.”
Wood says they would love to have Johnson play for them next season if he wants to.
“If he wants to come back, we’d love to have him back,” Wood added. “If he decides to retire, we’re going to support that, too. . . . He needs to decide what’s fight for him. The worst thing we could do is put pressure on him.”
I would imagine the Lions would like Johnson to make a decision soon so they know how to approach this year’s NFL draft as well as free agency. Because if he does hang up his cleats for good, they will need a number one wide receiver and those aren’t easy to find.
My guess is that the Lions are trying to talk Johnson into continuing his career.