NFL News: Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson retirement from league imminent

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Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions

One of the best wide receivers in the NFL is set to retire from the league as Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions reportedly told family and close friends that the 2015-2016 NFL season will be his last in his football career.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell already knew of Johnson’s plan to retire from the NFL at the end of the regular season but the mentor asked the wide receiver to think about his decision first.

However, a source from within Johnson’s camp told Schefter that Johnson is already “pretty content” with his decision about his NFL retirement.

Also according to the same report, Johnson already shared his plans of retiring with teammates quarterback Matthew Stafford and linebacker Stephen Tulloch, both of whom were asked not to share the news with the public.

“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future. I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future,” Johnson said after the season via a team’s official statement.

If Johnson pushes through with his NFL retirement this year, he will be remembered as one of the best wide receivers to play the game. Johnson holds the record for most receiving yards in a single season with 1,964 yards in 2012. Johnson is also the first player in NFL history to have consecutive seasons with at least 1,600 receiving yards, in 2011 (1,681) and 2012 (1,964).

Johnson, who is known for his popular nickname “Megatron”, has played nine seasons in the NFL, all with the Detroit Lions, who drafted him the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

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