According to 97.1 The Ticket radio personality Terry Foster, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is seriously considering retirement.
In a piece published early Wednesday afternoon, Foster detailed Johnson’s doubts regarding a return to the NFL for the 2016 season:
Calvin Johnson is in pain. That is why he is seriously considering retiring from the NFL.
This is not a ploy to earn more money. He does not want to take a dig at the Lions, the only team he’s played for the last nine seasons.
He is simply in pain …
… Johnson cleaned out his locker Tuesday and notified the Lions he might be making that move.
In a released statement, Johnson seemed to acknowledge the possibility that he may, in fact, walk away from the game.
“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said. “I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”
The Lions have since provided their own statement:
“We obviously have profound respect for Calvin and certainly understand and appreciate his decision to give proper thought and consideration to his football future.”
Johnson was drafted 2nd overall by the Lions in the 2007 NFL Draft. During his nine seasons in the league, he has 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns.
In recent years, Johnson’s battled an endless stream of injuries. After undergoing finger and knee surgery for maladies suffered in 2013, Johnson missed multiple games in 2014 with an ankle injury and was nagged by more ankle complications after suffering an injury during a Week 8 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this past season.
Stay tuned for more.