It looks like we’ve seen the last of Calvin Johnson in the NFL.
The Detroit Lions wide receiver told Lions coach Jim Caldwell that 2015 was his final season and that he plans to retire, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Johnson reportedly told his coach the day following Detroit’s season-ending victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 17.
Johnson had told a close circle of friends and family prior to the season that this would be his final year in the league, Schefter added.
Days after the regular season ended, the three-time First-Team All-Pro released a statement saying he was mulling retirement.
“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said in the Jan. 6 statement. “I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”
That future apparently is now, though no official announcement has been made.
Schefter also noted that when Johnson informed Caldwell of his plans, the coach urged Johnson to take his time with the final decision. Out of respect for Caldwell, Johnson reportedly agreed.
If Johnson has played his final game, he’s walking away from approximately $67.7 million over the final four years of his contract, according to spotrac.com. As ESPN’s Darren Rovell noted, Johnson would even have to give back 20 percent of his signing bonus, which would equal about $3.2 million.
Johnson, if truly done, would finish his career with 11,619 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns.
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