Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson sent shock waves through the NFL this week when he suggested he may be pondering retirement at just 30 years old. Channeling in inner Barry Sanders, the man known as Megatron confessed to rumors surrounding his future, saying that he is “currently evaluating his options” in regards to his playing career.
There was another report that Johnson had confided in his mother and said that he “wasn’t sure” if he wanted to continue playing pro football.
Source says Calvin Johnson told his mother he wasn’t sure wanted to play any more; cleaned out his #Lions locker unlike other vet players
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 7, 2016
That may be true, or this could be a public cry for the Lions to do him a favor by trading or releasing him. Johnson has endured a lot of losing in Detroit, not to mention the league’s only 0-16 season. A stud talent and future Hall of Famer, Johnson deserves to play for a winner and could be voicing his displeasure and exhaustion of playing for a yearly loser.
Numerous teams could come out of the woodwork to try to swing a trade or convince Megatron to continue playing if he were ultimately let go or did in fact retire. For now, it sounds like Johnson is going to take some time to decide what he personally wants to do going into next year. One thing we do know is that young retirements are becoming a normal occurrence. Patrick Willis and Chris Boreland both retired from the 49ers last year and we all remember Sanders calling it quits in his prime many years ago.
The fantasy football community would love Megatron back for a few more years, but if he departs it would force Golden Tate and Eric Ebron into huge roles. Both would see a large boost going into 2016, although quarterback Matthew Stafford would probably see a significant downgrade. The Lions could (and should) probably add a wide receiver to the mix in this year’s draft, as well.