Calvin Johnson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Calvin Johnson says painkillers were handed out ‘like candy’ to NFL players

    Washington Post "Sometime soon, the NFL may have to explain in court how its team’s medical staffs responsibly dispensed painkillers to players in the league. According to Calvin Johnson, powerful and addictive opioids were, until recently, handed out “like candy.” Johnson, who retired from the Lions in March..." July 07

  • Calvin Johnson says retirement would've been hard if Lions were contenders

    The Score "Retired Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is beginning to open up about all the reasons he decided to retire at age 30. It's long been understood that Johnson was stepping away because of nagging injuries, but the future Hall of Famer has now confirmed the plight of the Lions'..." July 06

  • Calvin Johnson says he retired because he's 'fed up' with football

    SB Nation "When Calvin Johnson announced his retirement earlier this offseason, he kept his reasoning a secret. But now he's decided to open up about why he walked away from the game. At his annual football camp Saturday, Johnson dispelled rumors that he called it quits because he was frustrated with the..." June 29

  • Calvin Johnson sets the record straight: 'I'm not coming back'

    CBS Sports "Calvin Johnson shockingly decided to retire earlier this offseason at the age of 30. A Hall of Fame-caliber player for nine years, Johnson finished his career with 731 catches for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. Those figures rank 43rd, 27th, and 22nd all-time, respectively, and they rank fifth,..." June 25

  • Stafford: I think it will be tougher on defenses without Calvin Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "Calvin Johnson retired this offseason, leaving the Lions to get used to running an offense without their top receiver for most of the last decade. They signed Marvin Jones, Jeremy Kerley, Andre Caldwell and Andre Roberts as free agents to go with holdovers Golden Tate, T.J. Jones and Corey..." June 21

  • Lions GM says he didn't try to talk Calvin Johnson out of retiring

    CBS Sports "Calvin Johnson shockingly retired earlier this offseason at the age of 30. One of the most talented wide receivers the league has ever seen, the former Detroit Lion seemed like he still had a lot left to give. At the very least, he figured to still be a huge part of his team's offense, and without..." June 01

  • Matthew Stafford has moved on from Calvin Johnson

    Sportsnaut "Calvin Johnson who? After spending seven seasons playing with Johnson and recording some absurd numbers, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has reportedly closed the “Megatron” chapter in his book. This was Stafford’s response when asked how long it took to move on from Johnson after..." May 27

  • Matthew Stafford didn't push Calvin Johnson to keep playing, expects WR to stay retired

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a strong suspicion Calvin Johnson might be playing his final season last year. After seven years together, you tend to get a sense for these kinds of things. "I had some inklings, and some conversations with him, and I know him well enough to know..." May 20

  • Teammate thought Calvin Johnson retirement talk was a joke

    Michigan Live "Calvin Johnson was considering retirement long before the end of last season. Johnson apparently told fellow Lions receiver Corey Fuller about his plans early in the season -- only Fuller thought Johnson was kidding. "Every time he mentioned it to me, I kind of took it as a joke," Fuller..." April 08

  • Stafford 'knew the NFL was kind of wearing on' Johnson

    Detroit Free Press "News that Calvin Johnson was considering retirement came as a bombshell to many, but not Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford, speaking to media before taking part in a coaching clinic at his alma matter Georgia on Friday, said he wasn't surprised that Johnson decided to walk..." March 26

  • Ex-Lions WR tells Calvin Johnson to unretire and sign with the Pats

    CBS Sports "When Calvin Johnson announced his retirement on March 8, he made it clear that he had played his final game of football. "After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football. I have played my last game of..." March 23

  • Lions Place WR Calvin Johnson On Reserve/Retired List

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Detroit Lions officially placed WR Calvin Johnson on the reserve/retired list Tuesday. Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL earlier in the day, so this is just a procedural move from the Lions. Detroit will control his rights if he attempts to return to the league at some point." March 08

  • Lions great Calvin Johnson, 30, retires from NFL

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions' worst fears have become reality. Calvin Johnson, who for nine years was among the NFL's best and most iconic talents, and established himself as one of the greatest players ever to wear Honolulu blue, has decided to retire at 30 years old. He filed his paperwork with the..." March 08

  • Detroit Lions pushing Calvin Johnson for retirement decision

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions have so far shied away from giving Calvin Johnson a deadline to make his decision on retirement, but with free agency fast approaching, the team is pushing to get an answer soon. The Lions, in conversations with the representatives of various players across the league, have..." March 07

  • Report: Calvin Johnson's camp upset about notion he's squeezing Lions

    Yahoo! Sports "The camp around Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson took exception to recent speculation that Johnson's retirement thoughts center on squeezing money from the Detroit Lions or making a cash grab in free agency. A source close to Johnson said the player has no money concerns and is strictly..." February 29

  • Lions won't put deadline on Megatron decision "Nearly two months after the news broke that Calvin Johnson could retire, the Detroit Lions are still waiting for a final answer from the wide receiver. And they don't want to pressure Megatron into a decision. Lions general manager Bob Quinn was short on details regarding Johnson Wednesday, but..." February 24

  • Lions still don’t have clarity from Calvin Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "Less than three weeks before receiver Calvin Johnson hits the books for $24 million in 2016, the Lions still don’t know whether Johnson will be on the roster. Team president Rod Wood, appearing on 105.1 FM in Detroit on Thursday, said the Johnson has not yet made a decision on his..." February 18

  • Adrian Peterson: I hope Calvin Johnson plays in 2016

    Detroit Free Press "Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson were taken five picks apart in the 2007 NFL draft. They arguably have been the two best players in the NFC North the past nine seasons. And as Johnson continues to mull his retirement, his rival with the Minnesota Vikings said he hopes that the Detroit Lions..." February 11

  • Lynn Swann doesn’t see Megatron as a Hall of Famer

    Pro Football Talk "Former Steelers receiver Lynn Swann retired at age 30 with 336 catches for 5,462 yads and 51 touchdowns. But Swann says that Calvin Johnson, who’s expected to retire at the age of 30 with 731 catches for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns, shouldn’t join him in the Hall of Fame. “I would think that..." February 10

  • Calvin Johnson's body 'just isn't holding up'

    Michigan Live "NFL players are modern-day gladiators on Sundays. They're warriors. They're deified by millions, and make millions doing it. But then they wake up on Monday morning. And the reality of this violent game sets in. "I know there are times when I've gotten out of bed after a Sunday game,"..." February 08

  • Barry Sanders: Calvin retirement would be ‘devastating’

    Detroit News "Lions legend Barry Sanders retired after 10 years, and he thinks it would be devastating if Calvin Johnson followed in his footsteps and leaves the NFL after just nine seasons. Sanders obviously understands what Johnson is going through as he left the NFL while he still had plenty of gas left..." February 07

  • Lions to give Calvin Johnson time, but the clock is still ticking

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have met with Calvin Johnson after all. Much has been made of new general manager Bob Quinn saying he hadn't spoken with Johnson, who is considering retirement. But team president Rod Wood said he's talked with the receiver several times, including when the season ended and..." February 06

  • Lions seem to want cap space more than they want Megatron

    Pro Football Talk "If you were the new G.M. of a team coming off a 7-9 season, which would you rather have: A 30-year-old wide receiver who’s still good but no longer great, or an extra $16 million in salary cap space over the next two years? New Lions G.M. Bob Quinn seems to be answering that question by saying..." February 02

  • Nate Burleson: 'Ridiculous' Lions GM hasn't spoken to Megatron

    Detroit Free Press "One of Calvin Johnson's close friends and former teammates said it defies logic that new Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn hasn't reached out to the star receiver yet and a simple conversation could help sway Johnson to play another season. "That's ridiculous," NFL Network analyst Nate..." February 02

  • Calvin Johnson not a first-ballot lock for HOF

    ESPN "Retire the notion that a retiring Calvin Johnson will end up being a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His nine-year career puts him on the fringe of Hall of Fame consideration, but more could be needed to make this a no-brainer on the first try. This stunning news reported by colleague Adam..." February 01

  • If Calvin Johnson does retire, Alshon Jeffery may be one of Lions' targets

    ESPN "Calvin Johnson has told people that 2015 would be his final season in the NFL, sources told ESPN, which would leave a massive hole for the Detroit Lions at receiver. Johnson has a cap number of just over $24 million for 2016. If he follows through on retiring, the Lions would get at least $11.1..." February 01

  • Calvin Johnson told Lions he plans to retire

    ESPN "Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before last season that 2015 would be his final year in the NFL, and he delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN. Caldwell told Johnson not..." February 01