Report: Calvin Johnson told Lions he plans to retire

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 27: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field on December 27, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT — While no official word has come down, Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson says he plans to retire before the 2016 season, according to a published report from ESPN.

Johnson had apparently told his family that 2015 would be his final season, according to ESPN, which reported the news Sunday evening.

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, attributing his information to unidentified sources, says Johnson also told coach Jim Caldwell about his retirement plans.

“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said in a statement that had been issued by the team at the end of this season earlier this month. ” I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”

The Detroit Lions released a statement late Sunday: “Regarding today’s ESPN report, we stand by our statement issued on Jan. 6 regarding Calvin.”

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  • Andrew

    Who could blame him? It isn’t like a trade is possible, and the Lions are certainly not going to the Superbowl any time in the foreseeable future. He has all the money he could possibly want or need. The only thing CJ has to look forward to by continuing his career is increased physical disability. It is virtually identical to the decision faced by Barry Sanders. I congratulate him on being able to see what the *real* score is.

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