Calvin Johnson RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Could Calvin Johnson be angling for a trade from Detroit?

    Sportsnaut "Following what was a disappointing 2015 season, some rather intriguing information broke regarding Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The wide receiver released a statement that seemed to suggest that he was contemplating retirement: “Like many players at this stage of their career,..." January 27

  • No timetable for Calvin Johnson's retirement decision, agent says

    Detroit Free Press "The agent for Calvin Johnson said today that the Detroit Lions receiver still has not decided whether to return for a 10th NFL season. Johnson confided in several current and former teammates earlier this month that he was contemplating retirement because of the physical toll football has taken..." January 26

  • Stafford: Calvin Johnson retirement talk is 'serious'

    Detroit Free Press "As Calvin Johnson takes time to heal his body and consider his future, one of his Detroit Lions teammates said talk of the star receiver retiring this off-season should not be taken lightly. "I think, anytime Calvin says something, it’s not for show, it’s something serious," quarterback Matthew..." January 14

  • Lions star Calvin Johnson's retirement would give NFL a big headache

    Detroit Free Press "Calvin Johnson might not need the NFL any longer. But the NFL badly needs him. If he’s genuinely contemplating retirement after nine seasons, he becomes another public-relations nightmare for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Only Johnson knows the real answers, and it’s unlikely he’ll say..." January 11

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Calvin Johnson won't be playing in the Pro Bowl and is replaced by Allen Robinson.

  • Calvin Johnson Considering Retirement

    Detroit Free Press "Nine NFL seasons have taken a toll on Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson's body. His fingers are gnarled. He spends as much time in the training room as anyone on the team. And a lingering ankle injury forced him to miss large amounts of practice time this year, for the second straight..." January 06

  • Lions’ Calvin Johnson on Caldwell: ‘I love him’

    Detroit News "Calvin Johnson’s future with the Lions is as unclear as it’s ever been, but assuming he’s on the team in 2016, he wants to play for coach Jim Caldwell. “Yeah, man, I love him,” Johnson said of the coach. “I think everybody in the locker room would probably say the same thing. He commands..." December 31

  • Calvin Johnson, Glover Quin want Jim Caldwell to return

    Oakland Press "If Calvin Johnson had a vote he would want coach Jim Caldwell to return next season. “Yeh, I love him. Everybody in the locker room would probably say the same thing,’’ Johnson said today (Wednesday). “He commands respect — he doesn’t have to do much just his character, guys gravitate towards...." December 30

  • Calvin Johnson may have to take pay cut to remain with Detroit Lions

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson still is a good football player. His 1,000 yards this year, which rank 15th in the league, is evidence to that. But he's just not an elite player anymore. That, or his usage isn't elite. Either way, therein lies the problem. Because he's paid to be..." December 24

  • Is Sunday Megatron's final home game with Lions? "There will be some pretty emotional home farewells during this weekend's slate of games, with all-time great defensive back Charles Woodson leading the way in Oakland. But what about Calvin Johnson in Detroit? "I don't know," Johnson said, via "I don't know." Johnson won't be..." December 24

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    Tiffany Blackmon @tiffblackmon

    Coach Jim Caldwell just told me Calvin Johnson will play tonight.

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Calvin Johnson back at Lions practice today. Lions look relatively healthy heading into Monday night

  • Calvin: It'd be 'lovely' to stay with Lions

    Detroit News "Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has a salary cap hit of $24 million in 2016, and as the 2015 draws to a close, it's clear that a decision about Johnson's future will be among the most important issues for the next general manager. The 30-year-old Johnson, though, hopes he isn't going..." December 18

  • Will Lions ask Calvin Johnson to take a pay cut in 2016? "Interim general manager Sheldon White suggested at his introductory news conference last month that the Lions plan to build around Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson going forward, but refused to directly address their futures in Detroit. Although Stafford's stellar play over the past three..." December 04

  • Calvin Johnson, Matt Prater expected to play for Lions "The Detroit Lions will have their biggest weapon as they attempt to sweep the Green Bay Packers for the first time since 1991. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Calvin Johnson is expected to play in Thursday night's tussle, airing on CBS and NFL Network. Johnson was limited this week in..." December 03

  • Calvin Johnson said he'd offer congratulations if record broken

    ESPN "Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he would offer congratulations to either Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown or Atlanta's Julio Jones if either one breaks his single-season receiving record in 2015. Entering Sunday, both were on pace to finish within 150 yards of Johnson's mark of 1,964..." November 29

  • Lions' Calvin Johnson devours Eagles' defense with 3 TDs

    Detroit Free Press "After Calvin Johnson caught three touchdown passes in a vintage performance during the Detroit Lions' 45-14 mauling of the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, he sat at his locker with his back to reporters as he tried to find a sliver of privacy before being interviewed. One reporter asked..." November 27

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #AZCardinals WR John Brown (hamstring), #Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) expected to play. Same with #Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall

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    Michael Rothstein @mikerothstein

    Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he plans to play Sunday after hurting his ankle in Week 8...

  • Calvin Johnson wants to win with Detroit Lions, not interested in being traded

    Michigan Live "With Tuesday's 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline rapidly approaching, Calvin Johnson doesn't know if the Detroit Lions are seriously considering dealing him away. But the star wide receiver says he hasn't asked for it and he would prefer it didn't happen. Johnson said he's done his best to avoid the..." November 03

  • Lions' Johnson, possible trade bait, not at practice

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, a high-profile asset the team could move before today's 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline, was not at practice this morning. Johnson, who left Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, was not on the field during the..." November 03

  • Should Lions trade Calvin Johnson?

    Pro Football Talk "The Detroit Lions are 1-7, and they feel worse than that. So will they embark on a fire sale following their 45-10 loss to the Chiefs? On Friday, G.M. Martin Mayhew said the team will be buyers not sellers in free agency, but no one really believes that. More importantly, many are believing..." November 01

  • Calvin Johnson leaves with ankle injury "The Lions' ugly trip to London somehow got uglier late in the game when Calvin Johnson re-injured his ankle in an embarrassing 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson left the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury and was declared doubtful to return. He led the team..." November 01

  • Bart Scott: Lions need to 'blow this thing up,' trade Calvin Johnson

    CBS Sports "The Lions are making major moves in the middle of a disastrous season. At 1-6 with Matthew Stafford being repeatedly beaten up in the backfield and Detroit unable to run the ball, Jim Caldwell fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and brought on Jim Bob Cooter. CBS Sports NFL analyst Bart..." October 30

  • Lions’ Calvin Johnson sits out practice

    Detroit News "The Lions traveled overseas as an extremely healthy team, but one of their star players was a surprising absence in Wednesday’s practice at The Grove, a luxury resort about 20 miles north of Central London. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson watched practice without a helmet during the 20-minute..." October 28

  • Calvin Johnson takes dig at Soldier Field "Last year, the Detroit Lions had some complaints about the turf at London's Wembley Stadium during their visit across the pond. This year -- with a Sunday date against the Chiefs looming in London -- they've taken the no more excuses approach. At least one member of the Lions thought it was..." October 28

  • Calvin Johnson: 'I don't think anybody understands' catch rule now

    CBS Sports "It all started in 2011, with the "Calvin Johnson rule," a phrase we all became familiar with when what appeared like an obvious touchdown reception was instead ruled an incompletion because Johnson didn't "complete the process" of "making a football move." We saw the rule invoked during last..." October 21

  • Calvin Johnson is no longer Megatron

    Pro Football Talk "When Calvin Johnson was the best receiver in the league, Calvin Johnson was Megatraon. Even with two defenders obsessed with his every move, Megatron would run past them, accelerate to the ball, and make contested catches. But Calvin Johnson isn’t Megatron anymore. He no longer runs away from..." October 07

  • Calvin Johnson on MNF fumble, missed call: 'Can't leave it in officials' hands'

    CBS Sports "In seconds, the focal point on Monday night shifted from Calvin Johnson's ill-timed fumble on the goal line to the officials' decision to not penalize the Seahawks after K.J. Wright intentionally batted the loose ball out of the end zone, which would have given possession back to the..." October 06

  • Lions' Calvin Johnson on leading the NFL in receiving: 'No doubt'

    Michigan Live "Calvin Johnson hasn't played a full season since 2012. His production has declined each of the past two years. Now he's staring down his 30th birthday later this month. That has fueled speculation that maybe we've already seen the best of the star Detroit Lions receiver. But coming off his..." September 09