Johnson Decides This is the End
Exactly one day after Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos’ quarterback, officially announced his retirement from the NFL, the Detroit Lions announce that their franchise wide-receiver, Calvin Johnson, will also retire from the league. He retires as the team’s all-time leading receiver, as well as their most valuable wide-receiver in franchise history.
There’s no doubt Megatron completely dominated during his time in the NFL. He will go down as one of the most talented wide receivers to ever step foot on the field. After nine seasons, all with the Detroit Lions, Calvin Johnson finished his career with a total of 731 receptions, 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns.
Johnson’s best two seasons came in 2011 and 2012. During the 2011 season, he totaled 96 receptions, 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns, which were all career-high’s at the time. The following season saw much of the same dominance, when he totaled 122 receptions, 1,964 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The news of his retirement came in a statement, where Johnson noted that he will not be holding a press conference to deliver the news. “Let me begin by apologizing for making this announcement via a statement and not in person. While I truly respect the significance of this, those who know me best will understand and not be surprised that I choose not to have a press conference for this announcement,” stated Johnson.
“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 football. Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision. As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it.”
Detroit Lions’ head coach, Jim Caldwell, praised the wide receiver last year for his contribution to the team. “Very few people have achieved the kind of excellence that he has in terms of his playing career,” said Caldwell. “I mean, he’s been incredible, and the numbers keep stacking up, and it’s because of the fact that he’s one of those guys that makes plays week-in and week-out, year-in and year-out, and it’s consistent.”
With this news, the Detroit Lions are set to save $11.1 million in cap space. Not to mention the potential $12.9 million in dead money. With the necessary space, the Lions will look to beef up their roster, in hopes for a breakthrough season.