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.”
After nine seasons in the NFL, Johnson’s body is beaten down. The five-time Pro Bowler has battled lingering ankle injuries and general body soreness to the point that it would be difficult for him to return for another season, during which he would turn 31 years old.
Johnson’s body has been so sore and his conviction so strong that he shared his decision to retire after the 2015 season with only two teammates — quarterbackMatthew Stafford and linebacker Stephen Tulloch — with the request that they keep it confidential, according to sources. – ESPN
This is about the last news that the Lions needed to hear considering how much of a pillar CJ is not only as a player but as a leader for the team.
Now some people are thinking: “After only 9 years, Megatron? You are going to retire after ONLY 9 years?” Think about it, people. Think about the kind of money Megatron signed for when he was the 2nd pick in the draft as well as the money he has made. $132 Million signing bonus…. the kind of money he has made leaves him with the ability TO bounce out from the game. Also consider just how much abuse his body has taken these 9 years and then look at the kind of money he has made and then realize that he doesn’t HAVE to stay in the NFL. He’s not one of those junior guys lower on the roster that needs to keep making what they make so that they can survive. He’s Megatron, dammit lol. The kind of money he has made lets him not have to deal with the kind of beating his body has taken.
We’d hate to see you leave the game, CJ, but you’ve got to do what’s right.